Dr. Soania-Mathur
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Dr. Soania Mathur is a family physician living outside of Toronto, Ontario who had to resign her practice as a result of her Young Onset Parkinson's Disease a full twelve years after her diagnosis at age 27. Now she is a dedicated speaker, writer, educator and Parkinson's advocate. She speaks passionately about the challenges of adjusting physically and emotionally and the coping strategies available to patients.

Dr. Mathur is an active speaker with the Parkinson’s Society of Canada at patient-directed conferences and also serves as a resource for education projects. She works with The Michael J. Fox foundation for Parkinson’s Research and serves on their Patient Council. She is a member of The Brian Grant Foundation Advisory Board that helps to create educational programming.

She is the founder of Designing A Cure Inc which was initially created to raise funds directed towards research and awareness of Parkinson's Disease and now serves as a platform to educate and inspire those living with this disease to take charge of their lives, to live well with Parkinson's.

Dr. Mathur has a special interest in helping educate the youngest affected by the stress of this chronic disease. To help facilitate dialogue between children and their loved ones, she has authored two books: “My Shaky Grandpa” and “Shaky Hands, Loving Hands – A Children’s Guide To Parkinson’s Disease” (awaiting publication).

Recently, Dr. Mathur launched a new company Hippylicious which is dedicated to providing parents with all natural, non-toxic personal care products for their families in an effort to reduce their toxin load, a factor that she believes is significant in the development or exacerbation of many diseases.

She is also the Director of The Surjit Verma Foundation fro Children’s Education, a charity left to her by her late father, dedicated to providing impoverished children in developing nations with educational opportunities.

Most importantly, she is the proud mother of three beautiful daughters and married to her loving and supportive husband Arun, a Urologic surgeon.

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How To Live Better With Chronic Illness This Year

(1) Comments | Posted January 5, 2017 | 4:41 AM

For many people, this is a time to leave bad habits behind and face the upcoming year with motivation and a new set of commitments. For those of us living with chronic disease however, we cannot escape the burden of our illness or the daily challenges we face. Regardless of...

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Why Is It Taking So Long To Find A Cure For Parkinson's Disease?

(16) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 12:15 PM

It was in 1817 that London physician James Parkinson first wrote a description of a movement disorder in a detailed medical essay entitled "An Essay on the Shaking Palsy." Even though research in the Parkinson's disease (PD) field continues to progress, there is still no cure for this...

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Are You At Risk For Parkinson's Disease?

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2016 | 2:28 PM

April is Parkinson's disease (PD) awareness month, a time to learn about this illness and to be aware of the estimated seven to ten million people that wake up everyday to face the challenges of this incurable, progressive illness. And these challenges include motor symptoms like...

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What You May Not Know About Parkinson's Disease

(10) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 1:42 PM

Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease for which there is no cure. April is Parkinson's awareness month, a time for raising public understanding about a disease that affects one in 100 people over the age of 65, translating to millions worldwide who are currently facing the daily challenges this...

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I Was Pregnant When I Learned I Had Parkinson's Disease

(1) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 1:09 PM

I love being a mother. It is by far, in the chaos of my life and all the directions in which I'm pulled, the most important responsibility that I have. Sometimes I wonder how much my parenting has been affected by the fact that along with the obstetrical appointments, my...

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How My Life With Parkinson's Could Be More Manageable

(8) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 9:41 AM

As the morning sun pours into my bedroom, I slowly swing my legs over the side of the bed but the pain in my cramped feet make it nearly impossible to navigate to the bathroom. Like myself, many people with chronic illness awaken every morning to face a day full...

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With Diseases, Genetics Loads The Gun and Environment Pulls the Trigger

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 3:38 PM

More than 15 years ago, at the start of my medical career and expecting my first child, the neurologist confirmed what the first clinician had suspected -- the tremor I had been experiencing over the preceding year was Young Onset Parkinson's Disease. Life changed forever as I now faced a...

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Parkinson's Disease: Bring Optimism to the Fight Everyday

(2) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 3:06 PM

"You have Parkinson's Disease."

Not what I was expecting to hear from the foremost expert in movement disorders to whom I had been referred to by a neurologist colleague. Instead I was hoping to be exonerated from what was obviously a ridiculous first opinion. What had started out as an...

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