Health and Healing

It will take change to make a difference in our own care. We can’t rely totally on Western medicine. You only see your neurologist a few times a year.

Health and healing by Asoftvoice.com

A thought on healing!

 

 

I Didn’t Volunteer For Parkinson’s

The light squeezes through

The light squeezes through

I don’t remember anyone asking me if I wanted a life with Parkinson’s disease. No one offered me a choice to decline it’s arrival.

Parkinson’s disease has taught me so much about living! It has brought me a perspective, a purpose, and a focus! I met my wife and began more than 2 businesses because of this illness. Parkinson’s isn’t my friend but I won’t call it my enemy. I am truly grateful for what Parkinson’s has brought me and the friendships that I have made because of it!

I don’t tell people that I am fighting this illness , for that is too violent and negative. I prefer to say, “I am working with it and around this illness and am making the necessary adjustments to live with it”.

No, I didn’t invite Parkinson’s into my life, at least knowingly, but I am doing my best to accommodate for it.

Looking At Change

This is a year of changes, and it is only May!

Change

Change

I for one, have never been great with change! The reality of the situation is that change happens whether I want it or not. The energy, time, emotion, and effort, that we spend could be used so much better if we didn’t chase what we know can’t be changed. For example, trying to help another who truly has no desire to change is a painful exercise that usually ends badly.

In just this year, I have seen so much change in such a short span of time–some good, some not so good.

Here are some questions to ponder when trying to decide whether your energy is being directed towards the appropriate target:

 

–Do I envision problems that are not really problems?

–Am I taking on other people’s issues, on top of my own?

–Can I address each change, here and now, and enjoy the positive and deal with the less positive?

–Do you have a strategy or philosophy for change?

Making A Point!

Getting your point across is what we all strive to do in our daily interactions. Sadly, some of us forget that how we make our point is every bit as important as the point itself. If there is any chance that your message is going  to be misconstrued, keep your point concise and as clear as possible.

Making A Point
Making A Point

Determining Health

Determining health

 

Dealing with any illness, whether it is Parkinson’s or not, is not an easy task! Even if we call ourselves “healthy”, we are all still dealing with something that causes tension or stress. No one is immune from baggage in their life, whether it is personal, work-related, or emotional. Identifying those triggers in our life that make us ill: certain people, places, thoughts and memories, poor diet choices, lack of sleep, environmental and climate impact, and just not being aware of your body, are all contributing factors to health.

ASoftVoice.com Named In Best Parkinson’s Blogs of 2015!

Healthline's Best Parkinson's blogs 2015

Healthline’s Best Parkinson’s blogs 2015

I am so honored to be recognized with so many amazing bloggers to be named one of Healthline.com’s Best Parkinson’s Blogs of 2015. It means so much to be chosen for this award.  It is my goal to provide you, my readers, with information that is educational, interesting and entertaining, uplifting, hopeful, and sometimes even humorous. Thank you to all of you who take the time to read this site, refer and share this site, and take time out of your busy day to see what I dream up!

5 Keys to Health

Consider this for your search for health and wellness:

Keys to Health Karl Robb

Keys to Health Karl Robb

Dog answers Cat with her lessons!

by Karl Robb

Dog answers lessons of the Cat!

Laughing feels good–but does more!

Laughter, giggles, chuckles, guffaws, and smiles are powerful tools for us to help ourselves–I hope the creation below does one of those for you!

 

Don't forget to laaaaaaaaaaaaaugh!

Don’t forget to laaaaaaaaaaaaaugh!

No Holiday For Parkinson’s Awareness

PD Tulip

PD Tulip

April has been proclaimed to be Parkinson’s Awareness Month, but just how aware are we really of Parkinson’s disease?

Those of us living with the illness as well as our care partners, caregivers, and close relatives, are all well aware of the physical, the mental, and the spiritual toll that Parkinson’s can take.  Unless you live with the disease on a daily basis, it is difficult to comprehend the wide range of symptoms, drug side-effects, and varying degrees of overall health issues that are truly Parkinson’s related—but I ask, how much real awareness is there of this disease?

Just getting a diagnosis with Parkinson’s can be an arduous endeavor.  The journey with Parkinson’s is riddled with unknowns that neither scientists nor neurologists can explain, at this time.  Dedication to unraveling the mystery of our gray matter is crucial to ending all neurological disorders.

In 2017, the bicentennial of James Parkinson’s observations and discoveries will be recognized. If you look at the landscape of successes in battling this illness, for all the time, money, and attempts at awareness, there is so much need that is left unmet. After all this time, there is still so little known about this elusive condition.

Maybe, spreading awareness and information, when at all possible is a key.  Consider sharing your story with the uninitiated and those who are unfamiliar with Parkinson’s, for this offers an opportunity to demystify an illness that is so unique for each individual. Let’s not limit Parkinson’s awareness to just 30 days!

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