David Nelson

Nov 13, 2018

David Nelson at work at Wells Fargo.

As a Loss Mitigation Second Level Reviewer, I re-review delinquent mortgages to see if we can help keep people in their home whenever possible. For Wells Fargo and for me personally, this is important work. My passion for it has been important, because right around the time I started the job I was also diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.

David Nelson at work at Wells Fargo in front of sign that reads: Advance a culture of caring powered by everyone...powered by you.
David Nelson at work at Wells Fargo

Parkinson’s has many symptoms that I wasn’t aware of, both physical and to a certain degree, mental as well. It is most commonly perceived as a disease that causes your hands to “shake”.  Since everyone is impacted differently, there’s no road map or timeline to let you know what to expect or when. I have to work much harder than I did in the past just to keep up with the ever changing environment in which we work.

Comprehension, fatigue, uncontrollable motion, difficulty walking or driving at times are some of the challenges I face daily.  Even consuming food/medicine, I have to be cognizant of times due to the interaction of the medicines with food. The medication helps alleviate some of my symptoms, but also has significant side effects. Unfortunately, Parkinson’s is a chronic disease without a cure—all I can do is try to manage my symptoms.

Fortunately, I have great teammates who make sure I’m ok when they see me having challenges at work. Even though some don’t know what I’m dealing with, almost all show concern and empathy towards me. As my symptoms have become more obvious, I have been telling more teammates so that they are not alarmed by what they see.  For the most part, I come and go as would anyone else without a fuss being made about me/it.

Every day, good or bad, I’m glad to be able to do work that helps people. David Nelson Consumer Loan Underwriter 3, Wells Fargo

The culture at Wells Fargo is such that I’m accepted as-is and treated much like everyone else. When I revealed my diagnoses, my management team worked with my doctor to develop an accommodations agreement that would enable me to do my best work. The work side was great—my biggest concern was that I would be treated differently.

My attitude has always been that I don’t want to be defined by the disease.  There are good days and bad days and the culture at Wells Fargo deals with it without me being a distraction, which is what I wanted to happen, and my ambition, as my disease progresses, is to work with the company to find the accommodations and flexibility needed to enable me to continue working and keeping people in their homes.

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