Excerpt from “Round 5 – Strong and Solid”

Published November 6, 2016

I Am Rock Steady: Fighting Back Against Parkinson’s Disease | Julie Young

Excerpt from “Round 5 – Strong and Solid”:

Veronica Garcia-Hayes was in the prime of her life. At
the age of 39, she was a full-time real estate professional
in the San Francisco Bay Area who spent her days culling
through listings, meeting with clients, visiting properties,
organizing open houses, and filing lots of paperwork. She
was also an avid hiker, runner, and cyclist who worked out
San Francisco AIDS Cycle, a seven-day, 545-mile ride to Los

She was the kind of person whose weekends were always
booked with things to do, places to go, and people to see. If
she wasn’t making extra money catering parties or tending
bar with her friends occasionally, she might be visiting her
large family or traveling with her husband, Dylan. “I guess
you could say that we were a busy, social, active, and childfree
couple,” she said.