One Year After Diagnosis, Torpey Winning in Battle with Parkinson’s
March 6, 2015
By: John Hutchings
"But in spring of 2008 I noticed something “strange” in my right foot and the way it moved when I played. I tried everything to fix the problem: used different pedals, shoes, drumheads, but nothing helped. I was originally diagnosed with essential tremor, until 2014 when my symptoms intensified. I began experiencing waves of fatigue, loss of appetite and eventually had trouble playing just one song, let alone a full two hour concert.
My wife urged me to go to the doctor again and that’s when I got the diagnosis. Following this moment, I fell into a deep depression. This was all new to me."
Just one year ago Mr. Big drummer Pat Torpey was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects your movement. For any musician this would be a difficult diagnosis but for a drummer in particular it was a career threatening situation. Torpey however took control and refused to let the diagnosis stop him from doing what he loves. He worked with the band to complete their latest studio album “…The Stories We Could Tell” and has been touring with the band in support of the album since its release. Torpey wrote a piece about his experience for the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation which you can read here: