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