Jimmy Choi was diagnosed with Parkinson's at just 27 years old, but what he's accomplished in the nearly 20 years since then has had a huge impact on his own life, and the lives of thousands of others.
Though he was far from athletic at the time of his diagnosis, Jimmy became a world class athlete, completing 15 marathons, an ultramarathon, and setting a Guinness World Record for pushups. He was initially motivated to start training by the realization that Parkinson's increased his likelihood of falling. To get better at recovering from falls, he started doing pushups.
Using TikTok to Engage
What motivated Jimmy to start using TikTok was X. At first, he thought Y, but eventually became really engaged when his post on Z went viral. Since then, he's expanded to using TikTok as a platform to share basic education about Parkinson's, often in partnership with his daughter. He doesn't shy away from the difficult and awkward topics, like how Parkinson's can increase constipation in people who have it. His posts are fun, inspiring, and honest. Often, the message is universal: like the importance of discipline in shaping the life you want, regardless of whether you are sick or well. With more than 3.6 million likes and 165 thousand followers to date, he's definitely making an impression.
3D Printed Pill Bottles
Jimmy's TikTok posts do more than inspire and inform. When he explained to his followers that it's hard for people with Parkinson's to open pill bottles because of their shaking hands, fans came to the rescue by suggesting they could design a new shape of bottle that would work better for Jimmy and others with Parkinson's or other conditions that restrict coordination.
The bottles Jimmy's fans designed are available here.... [link to products page]