Picture Of The Week – Staying Social

There is no question that the challenges that come with having Parkinson’s Disease may weed out friendships, acquaintances, or colleagues. Our truest friends and those who care about us will stand beside us when needed most. Keeping social and maintaining your relationships as best you can will help to keep your network active and provide a foundation for support and assistance.    

Build a network of friends and support!

About Karl Robb

Karl Robb has had Parkinson’s disease (PD) for over twenty-five years. Karl believes he has had PD since he was seventeen years old and was diagnosed at the age of twenty-three. Now fifty, he is a Parkinson advocate, entrepreneur, inventor, writer, blogger, photographer, Reiki Master, and speaker on PD issues. Karl is the author of the book, A Soft Voice in a Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease. He has been chosen as a blogger partner for the 4th World Parkinson Congress being held this September in Portland, Oregon. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His writing has been featured in The New York Post and he has appeared on BBC radio, the CBS Saturday Evening News, Japanese television, as well as several local Washington, D.C., television stations. Karl is a former board member and a Virginia assistant state director of the Parkinson’s Action Network and a board member of the Parkinson Voice Project. You may reach Karl via email at asoftvoice@gmail.com, visit his blog at www.asoftvoice.com, on Facebook, or contact him via Twitter @asoftvoicepd.

Posted on May 23, 2011, in Education & Support, Health, Parkinson's Disease, support groups, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Well said Karl. You are absolutely right. I’ve always said that “friends are like teabags. You can tell how strong they are when you get into a little hot water.” I’m not quite sure that Parkinson’s Disease can quite compare to a kettle of hot water but it sure comes close sometimes. I think PD raises our level of tolerance and enhances our ability to overcome adverse situations. It is a learned response and requires patience and inner strength. Socially speaking, it isn’t a condition that lends itself to poise and grace and ultimately alienates our true identity and our relationships with those around us. There is no doubt that Parkinson’s will change our lives but it is our choice whether it is a positive or a negative and likewise our social relationships respond.

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