May 3rd, 2013
04:36 PM ET

Parkinson's didn't stop his space walk

By Rich Clifford, Special to CNN

It had been a little more than four months since completing my second space shuttle mission, STS-59, on the shuttle Endeavour.

I was finishing my annual flight physical at the Johnson Space Center Flight Medicine Clinic. The words from the flight surgeon were as expected: I was in great condition with nothing of note. Then I asked the doctor to look at my right shoulder because my racquetball game was suffering.

He asked if I had pain. I told him I wasn't in pain, but my right arm did not swing naturally when I walked. This comment must have set off some alarm, because he observed my walk down the hall and quickly said he would take me downtown to the Texas Medical Center the next day.


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  1. Matthew Black

    Inspirational story, CNN – thank you.

    May 3, 2013 at 10:59 pm |


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