Monthly Archives: May 2012

10 of My Favorite Apps For The IPAD

Here are some more of my favorite Apps:

Tweet

This App changes the interface of your Twitter account and transforms it into a friendlier and streamlined look. Your tweets are color coded for a clean and manageable configuration. If you use Twitter, then consider Tweet!

Zillow and Truilia

For real estate and house hunting these sites are superb. Both provide an easy search for finding  homes and then plots homes for the designated location and quickly maps it out. Both have been around awhile and both look great on IPAD.

Pano Camera 360

This Panorama camera App creates some stunning photos with a simple to use interface that takes a little adjustment—once you get used to the prompts, you’ll appreciate the results.

Pages

I use Pages as my mobile writing program and I love it! The templates are few but very useful. It has proven to be reliable and everything I could ever want in a word processing program.

Art Studio

I have yet to even scratch the surface of the capabilities of this art design tool, but as I uncover more and more of what it can do, it amazes me. In the hands of someone more skilled than I, this is a powerhouse of art tools.

Scrolln Roll and IBanner HD

These are 2 very easy and entertaining scrolling text Apps that you can use anywhere and anytime.  Communicate from across the room with your message scrolling across your screen.  Use it at a trade show with your sales specials or just to get your name seen. Use your imagination and get noticed with these fun tools.

Animation HD

For anyone wanting to try their hand at animation and looking to get creative, this is a terrific App to build your own cartoon. It’s a blast!

HBO GO

HBO’s video player on the IPAD has been fluid and crystal on the Apple screen.  Now you can enjoy the quality of HBO series, documentaries, and sports wherever you go.

I hope that my list of Apps is helpful. If you have an App that you find helpful, please pass along.

Thank You.

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What Does A “Cure” Mean?

What does a cure mean to you? Does it mean stopping the illness dead where it is or does it mean a complete elimination of the illness totally and completely?

These questions are not easily answered and are a puzzle for patients, researchers, doctors, and most of the rest of those involved in the Parkinson’s disease community. I have pondered the question for some time now and think I may have a realistic idea of what may be a fair idea of a cure.

My perception of a cure, at this stage of my life, is a treatment or medication that halts disease progression and at least minimizes symptoms of illness with no side effects or bodily harm. To this date, the closest thing to my definition is the power of Reiki, Yoga, Meditation, Vegetarian Diet,Medication Management and Reducing Stress. It has taken me years to find what works for me. I believe that we  must find what works best for ourselves (avoiding anything harmful) through self discovery and the help of our doctors. What will work for some may not work for others. We are all unique and different. Keep an open mind. I’d like to think that we can all find the “cure” that we seek.

That’s my take on it.

I just watched Michael J. Fox’s interview with Diane Sawyer. While I can’t say that I agree 100 percent with everything he says in the interview, I will say, I agree with his optimism and strongly suggest that finding the positives in your life and not focusing on the negatives will make life more enjoyable.  Here is the interview: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/05/18/michael-j-fox-looks-past-stem-cells-in-search-for-parkinsons-cure/

The Davis Phinney Richmond, VA Victory Summit – A Success!

Last Saturday, I had the privilege to attend and share some of what I have learned in my living with Parkinson’s disease for over 25 years. The Davis Phinney Foundation’s Victory Summit in Richmond, Virginia brought  together 500 or more people with Parkinson’s disease, their carepartners, and medical experts from around the nation to discuss research and how to live better with this illness. The Event, both inspiring and educational, felt more like a close-knit family and less of a conference event. Having attended many Parkinson’s related events over my many years with this disease, I can tell you that the Phinney Victory Summit is a truly empowering and uplifting experience that educates and inspires its’ attendees. I highly suggest that if you or someone you love has Parkinson’s, that you look into coming to the next one.

The next Summit is in Pittsburgh on September 15, 2012. For more information, go to www.davisphinneyfoundation.org.

What do we know about our food?

Unless you grow your own food, how much can you account for that plant’s purity? But wait, there’s more–is your plant (GMO) genetically modified? Do you even know? How can you know for certain?

Technical advances and food production have made supposed advances and modifications, but at what cost to the consumer? Food packaging has more information than ever and yet it takes a chemical engineer or an hour on Google to decipher the preservatives, gums, fillers, sugar substitutes, or anything that may be artificially infused. More information is better as long as the data is understandable, pertinent, and accurate.

Wouldn’t it be nice if our food history were posted on our packaging? The package would tell us when the veggies were picked, how long it took them to get to market, and if they were sprayed with any kind of pesticide, i.e. Roundup (which studies since 2003 have been saying may lead to Parkinson’s Disease)? Eating organic is probably the healthiest of our options but unless we grew it ourselves, what assures us that our fruits and veggies are untainted?

Something to ponder, today.

Motherhood at it’s best!

Motherhood at it's best!

Happy Mother’s Day!

What Are You Willing To Do To Help Yourself?

How far are you willing to go to help yourself? Would you try a complementary therapy that  made little sense to you but may have real benefit? Would you sell your favorite objects to gain back your health? Would you change your diet, your job, and/or your residence to get better? How open is your mind to the investigation of learning to find the answers of your illness and healing yourself?

Whether you have Parkinson’s disease, have some other ailment, or issue in your life, there is probably an element in your life that could use improving. I have yet to meet the individual who has been able to manage their daily stress, issues from their past, or fears, and not be in need of at least a little assistance.

Today, I can say that I am better now than I was 10 years ago. Having had Parkinson’s for over 20 years, I see this as remarkable and nearly miraculous. My medications haven’t changed for many years and if they have changed at all, it was a slight reduction in pills and not an increase. I can control almost all of my symptoms thanks to Reiki (complementary therapy energy work—see my prior postings on Reiki). I am not at 100 percent, yet, but it took a long time to get sick and it will a long time to totally heal.

I don’t like the words “chronic”, “degenerative”,   and “incurable”, and yet these are the words that label Parkinson’s and so many other illnesses. With these words, the medical community offers nothing but doom and gloom when what is needed is encouragement for motivation and life change.  Hope and direction is often what the patient needs. Sometimes a shift in thinking, perception, outlook, emotions, diet, lifestyle, and openness to healing is enough to make the transition improving one’s condition and see an improvement. For myself,  the gradual  transition to improving took time, energy, dedication, and sacrifice. Getting better for most of us Is not going to be a quick and easy fix, but if you open your mind to explore outside your comfort zone, you may very well find yourself seeing improvement in your overall health.

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