When we refuse to face the obvious or place blame where it usually is unfounded, problems germinate.  Our minds and bodies are sponges that soak up thoughts, feelings,  experiences,  visions, and impacts. Both the mind and body retain their own memory. When we fail to acknowledge or accept that we are holding on to unnecessary baggage or even garbage that may be contaminating our system,  problems begin to arise.

For those of us who deny our symptoms, illnesses, or our perspective on own personal health, we fail to realize that there are warning signs being presented.  Avoiding a warning sign, be it a tremor,  balance issues, weakness, or any noticeable change in medical condition should be a wakeup call that there is work to be done and not dismissed.

Don’t deny denial. Once you overcome denial you can address the issue or issues at hand and begin healing.  No doubt, it takes courage, fortitude, awareness, and some trust to admit that you may have an unaddressed physical, mental,  or  emotional issue to deal with.  Much of improving  our lives is discovering those issues and buffing them out–not storing them. It’s called growth.

The first step in breaking denial’s hold is taking a hard look at oneself. Don’t like what you see? Guess what? You can change it!

Accepting that you see a change, either positive or negative, is a good place to begin.  Realizing that there may be work needed, be it physical, psychological, spiritual, or a combination of modalities may be the answer to get you back to the path of health. The sooner that you can make sense of the signals that your body is sending you and not ignoring them, the sooner you can help yourself and heal.

(This is just my opinion–I am not a doctor of any kind. I’m just an English Major.)

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, visit his blog at, on Facebook, or contact him via Twitter @asoftvoicepd.

Posted on October 3, 2011, in Education & Support, Health, Parkinson's Disease, Philosophy, support groups and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. It is a well known fact and has been the subject of much study about the relationship between prolonged stress and illness. Excessive worry or doubt can lead to anxiety or other emotional and or physical complications. These can lead to far more serious medical conditions even disease. This so called stress if unresolved can even result in chronic disease. I am happy to say though I have long since left the corporate grind, (due to Parkinson’s Disease) and live a much calmer, less stressful life tending my garden and listening to soft music. Now if I can just convince my friggin neighbor to turn down his dang stereo and NO 3 AM is not the time to knock on my door and ask if I have any extra chips! Serenity now…hmmm.

    • Thank you so much for your story! Peace is so important for healing and stress reduction. Calming the mind is crucial for the body to follow the mind’s example.

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