Freedom

As we end the celebration of the 4th of July and the founding of our great nation, I thought it to be appropriate to discuss, freedom. There is no doubt that Parkinson’s disease or any other illness robs one o f their independence and freedom. Parkinson’s can make you less sure of your balance, endurance,  and/or cognitive ability. Part of living with an illness is accepting help, if needed, but to try to remain as independent as you possibly are able.

As someone who has had Parkinson’s disease for over 25 years, I can assure you that the most beneficial  action that you can make in your life is to take charge and get as healthy as you can. Here are some suggestions that have worked for me and may work for you:

  • Stay active, be it yoga, walking, weights, or swimming–do something.
  • If your speech needs help, look into finding a certified LSVT therapist to help you.
  • Consider improving your digestion with a probiotic.
  • Eat vegetarian or as low on the food chain as you can.
  • Reduce your stress level through meditation.
  • Keep your mind active and challenged.
  • Avoid potent cleaning supplies, processed foods, and artificial odor products like cheap candles with infused odors that may cause headaches or worse.

 These are just a few ways to possibly help you to regain some of your freedom and take back your life.  You should discuss any changes with your doctor before making any major changes in your daily  regimen. I am not a doctor. I’m just a guy telling you what works for me and hope that it might work for you too. What works for you?

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 July 7, 2011, in Education & Support, Health, Media & Trends, Parkinson's Disease, Philosophy and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. i add to your list of self help……..qigong, bioenergetics, chakra balancing, art, to paint, to look at paintings, to dance, though unsure footed, still, to dance, to go to a dance therapy class, to reach out to others and to smile at those who can’t, to help them smile by being yourself and letting out your funny side and more, more. i know there is more. in time, i will add more.

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