Posted by Karl Robb
After my long history with Parkinson’s disease, I am amazed and overjoyed that I have had the ability to consistently improve and show signs of getting better. I won’t tell you that there weren’t dips in the road as some of life’s roadblocks hit me and my progress deviated briefly, but part of staying focused on one’s own healing is to stay open and flexible in mind and body.
I’ve had this illness at least 25 years of my 45 total years, so I don’t expect to get well overnight. My expectations are realistic. My body can only heal so fast. It took me awhile to get sick and it’ll take some time to get well.
Recently, a major network, I won’t say which, it begins with a “C” and ends in an “S”, did a story that I found incomplete, poorly researched, and all-in-all, just plain wrong. The story was that a positive attitude did not make a difference when dealing with major illness. Their argument was that modern science has proven that there is no basis for positive thinking to be either a deterrent nor a cure for sickness. I say it is rubbish. I know people who are better off and showing improvement because they maintain a positive attitude. I am living proof . I think the producers failed to thoroughly research this issue as fully as they should have.
Even if science has shown that a positive attitude isn’t beneficial in fighting illness, which I know is false, who are they to try and dash the hopes of millions of people clinging to the hope of improving their condition? Maybe, just maybe, some reports and supposed news ought best be kept quiet. On top of all the negative reporting that the news brings us, who in knowing this report does it really help? I, for one, am staying positive, because it works.
About Karl RobbKarl 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, visit his blog at www.asoftvoice.com, on Facebook, or contact him via Twitter @asoftvoicepd.
Posted on November 29, 2011, in Education & Support, Health, Media & Trends, Parkinson's Disease, Philosophy and tagged 2011, blog, Disease, doctor, doctors, Getting Better, good attitude, Health, illness, Karl, media, medicine, news, Parkinson's, Parkinson's Disease, PD, PDPatient, positive thinking, Robb, staying positive, support, wellness. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.