The Doctors: What Is Dystonia?
The Doctors looked back on Alex in their 1000th episode, who was one of the people they helped who suffered from Dystonia. Alex was classically trained in jazz, tap, and ballet and was teaching advanced classes. She started having symptoms of uncontrollable shaking. Her arm would smack into her side and her toes were curled up under her feet. The Doctors discovered that she was a good candidate for a groundbreaking and dangerous brain surgery that had no guarantee of success, but Alex decided to do it anyway. The surgery ultimately gave her control of her body back.
The Doctors: Dystonia Victim Update
Alex returned to The Doctors for their 1000th episode, where she did a little dance move as she came out. The Doctors revealed that she had inspired another person named Monica, who also suffered from Dystonia and underwent a similar procedure. Monica said she first got Dystonia when she was 12 years old and she was looking for something to help and if it wasn’t for the episode of The Doctors with Alex, she wouldn’t have found the surgery.
Now, she is able to control her functions. “It touches my heart so deeply that I could just help one person out, just to even get the story out about Dystonia. Thank you so much to The Doctors show for doing this because if it wasn’t for you guys I wouldn’t have had the means or the support to go through the surgery myself. You guys were in the operating room with me. Knowing that I helped that one person, it just means the world to me,” Alex said.
The Doctors: Dr. Phil Congratulations
In a special taped segment, Dr. Phil McGraw and his wife Robin McGraw congratulated The Doctors on their 1000th episode. Their son, Jay McGraw, is one of the producers of the show. Robin said she remembered the day Jay walked into her kitchen and said he had an idea for a show called The Doctors. “We just celebrated our 2000th episode. So Jay, you’ll never catch your old man,” Dr. Phil joked.