Terri Bryant, a makeup artist and business owner who suffers from Parkinson's disease, has launched a groundbreaking range of beauty products especially for those who also live with the devastating motor neuron disorder.
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Parkinson's disease is a devastating neurological disorder.
via: GettyThe disease, which typically affects those over the age of fifty, progressively disturbs muscle movement throughout the body.
This results in uncontrollable tremors and shakes.
via: GettyThe smooth and controlled muscle movements which we experience are made possible by a chemical in the brain called dopamine. But, in Parkinson's sufferers, these dopamine levels are reduced.
Once the dopamine levels drop low enough...
via: GettyThe uncontrollable trembles and distorted movements, which are the typical symptoms of the disease, start to appear.
These symptoms can be completely devastating...
via: GettyAnd most commonly result in sufferers being unable to walk unassisted, perform basic day-to-day tasks and, in more severe cases, even to talk.
The condition is chronic and only worsens with time...
via: GettyAnd it affects a staggering number of people across the globe. According to Health Line, more than 50,000 new cases are reported here in the United States each year, and the disease has become the fourteenth most reported cause of death.
The exact cause of the disease still remains unknown.
via: GettyIt is believed that Parkinson's may have both genetic and environmental components, while some scientists think that viruses can trigger the condition.
A tremendous amount of research has been put into the disease...
via: GettyAnd medical researchers have been working tirelessly for decades to determine a solution for Parkinson's sufferers.
A number of different methods are currently used to ease the symptoms.
via: GettyThis includes speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. A number of different drugs are also used to treat the condition.
But, despite all of this...
via: GettyThere is still no known cure.
Because of this, sufferers have had to learn to live with the disorder.
via: GettyAnd many have learned to adapt various aspects of their lives around it.
And for Terri Bryant, applying makeup was the predominant part of her life that Parkinson's affected.
via: Guide BeautyTerri had been working in the beauty industry for over a decade when she was diagnosed with the disorder.
She feared that she would have to give up her profession...
via: GettyAs her tremors and shakes would prevent her from applying makeup. In an interview with Allure, Terri explained: "It wasn't just my livelihood, but it was my creative outlet and the way that I've connected with women and men over the years. I didn't want to let it go."
And, as her symptoms became progressively worse...
via: GettyShe found that the traditional tools she had always used to apply makeup with simply weren't working for her anymore.
She was faced with a difficult choice...
via: GettyEither to admit defeat and give up on her passion or find a way around the challenges her symptoms were bringing with them.
But Terri was determined to continue doing what she loved.
via: Guide BeautyAfter realizing that the traditional tools weren't giving her the stability she needed, so she starting meeting with ergonomic experts and developing her own.