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Thursday, January 26, 2012

My Story from KSWT TV News

I did a TV interview about Parkinson's Disease. 

Sorry, but the video is no longer available.

So, here is the print story:

One local blogger affected by Parkinson's in the Desert Southwest helps thousands of people across the world cope with the disease by using humor. Some call this blogger YumaBev while others call her the jewel in the desert.

Her name is Beverly Ribaudo, a year round Yuma resident who has been diagnosed with young onset Parkinson's disease and writes about her experiences in a comical way.

Her blogsite is called Parkinson's Humor.

Telling tub story
"Instead of telling them the story about me getting stuck in a bath tub, and making it scary, I decided to make it funny. So I told them how the fire men that came to rescue me were all good looking and how I was looking forward to getting a bath everyday, so all the good looking fire men could come and rescue me," says Ribaudo. (Link to the tub story Rub a dub dub)
Ribaudo says initially she only shared her stories with about 6 people, and they forwarded her blogs to more friends and before she knew it, thousands of people worldwide were logging on and reading her stories.
"It seems like lately I've had a lot of readers from Europe and Eastern Europe, like Russia and it's strange because every time I see a new country, sometimes I have to look it up on a map to see where it is," says Ribaudo.

Ribaudo says she blogs about twice a week but says typing is difficult and can be time consuming for her because of the disease, but says the readers keep her motivated.

"They write to me and they contact me and they tell me that it made them laugh, or that they were having a really bad day and when they read one of my stories it made them feel better. So when you get inspiration like that, it's hard to not keep doing it," says Ribaudo.

Ribaudo is not only a blogger but also a song writer.

Friends of hers say they look forward to karaoke at local bars because Ribaudo writes funny lyrics to sing to common tunes.

Even people who don't suffer from Parkinson's also follow Ribaudo's blog. She says people going through any hard time or just people who need a laugh often read her stories.

Ribaudo encourages any one who is suffering from Parkinson's to join the Yuma Parkinson's support group. The group meets the first Monday of the month. 

Marie Hamill, KSWT news

Thank you for reading this story, I hope you enjoyed it. This is just one of a hundred stories in my book, Parkinson's Humor - Funny Stories about My Life with Parkinson's Disease. Please consider purchasing a copy from or your favorite online book seller. Thank you and have a Happy Parkie Day!


  1. Thanks for your inspiration! I'm a Parkie and WAS having a bad day emotionally, but had to laugh when I saw your karaoke post! I feel better now!
    - LongTallSally

  2. With Parkinson's you can order all kinds of "surprises" on your i-phone. They even say "Thank you" before they send you the bill.

  3. Bev, you rock girl! Posted in Movers & Shakers. MJC

  4. Thanks for this resource. The writer is wonderful and she has amazing resources buried in her blogs. Her exuberance and wicked sense of humor is fun. Our support group will enjoy having her blogs to liven up our meetings.