Karl Robb has had Parkinsonâ??s disease for over twenty years. Karl believes he has had PD since he was seventeen years old and was diagnosed at the age of twenty-three. Now in his forties, he is a Parkinson advocate, entrepreneur, inventor, writer, photographer, and speaker on PD issues.
He has helped the National Parkinsonâ??s Foundation (NPF) organize several young-onset conferences and has worked closely with the Parkinson Action Network (PAN) as a State Director for several years. He currently sits on the Board of PAN and the Parkinson Voice Project (PVP).
Karl holds a bachelorâ??s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His writing has been featured in The New York Post and he has just finished his first book, A Soft Voice in a Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinsonâ??s Disease. He has appeared on BBC radio, the CBS Saturday Evening News, Japanese television, as well as several local Washington, D.C., television stations.
Karl, with his wife, Angela, received the 2008 Murray Charters Award for outstanding advocacy. Together they run a Parkinsonâ??s support group in Northern Virginia. Karl maintains a blog on PD, â??A Soft Voice in a Noisy World.â??
Karl has practiced Reiki for over a dozen years and has attained the level of Master in the Reiki Jin Kei Do lineage. Both he and Angela have taught several classes on Reiki.