We all need to pay close attention to our health. It is so easy to be encumbered and engrossed in our work and lose sight of ourselves. We owe it to ourselves, for the preservation of our clarity of thought and refreshing of the body to vacate from the office. Taking time for yourself isn’t a luxury–it’s a necessity! Just taking a few minutes more, every day, can make a difference in your mood, your creativity, and overall well-being.
In the near 200 years, since the discovery of Parkinson’s Disease (PD), the theories of how, where, when, and why the illness develops varies over time. Science is proving and re-enforcing the belief that everything is connected. When I was officially diagnosed in 1991 with PD, there were only a few doctors who pondered the connection between the gut and the brain. Now, there seems to be a much larger contingent who agree that our gut plays a major factor in our brain function.
The body has a mysterious way of masking itself or maybe it is just due to the complexity of the brain. For several years, my right shoulder rotator cuff hurt and I was unable to find long-lasting relief or an answer to where the pain was coming from. I had seen doctors, taken X-rays, seen massage therapists, and done physical therapy, and all proved to do little, over time. I was sure the pain resided in the shoulder. I was wrong.
I had to go all the way across the United States to find relief. A knowledgeable and very intuitive massage therapist who really paid attention to my arm discovered a very sore spot close to the mid point of my upper arm. Once she released the extreme pain that had been stored in that one spot, the pain in my shoulder dispersed. I would call the results near miraculous. She found the cause of my pain where no one had even thought of looking.
I think that this is sound evidence that there is just so much about the systems of the human body that we just can’t understand, just yet. Over time, new discoveries and breakthroughs may very well reveal astounding relationships between our systems or even unveil how our bodies process certain chemicals and alter our central nervous system. Until the day comes that modern science is capable of unveiling an all encompassing cure, it is our responsibility for exploring our own systemic connections, the roles that stress and anxiety play in our lives, our diets, our sleep patterns, and even how we think, feel, and react.
Our mind, body, and spirit depend upon one another. Maintaining that delicate balance is the key to our health. Finding the missing pieces that might lead us to fulfill the balance may require exploration and investigation outside our comfort zone and even that of our complete understanding. What I thought originated in my shoulder was actually being manipulated by a sore spot in my upper arm, a spot about a half a foot away. Looking closely at ourselves, with a fresh lens can reveal a great deal.
Is your ship at sea but can’t make it to port,
Do you play the game but your putt is just too short,
Are you stuck in a vortex that you can’t escape,
Are you stuck in minutia and wrapped in red tape,
It’s time to break free and break the trend,
Begin a new pattern and create a new message to send,
Take a fresh tact, chart a new path and go round the bend.
Change begins with one small step. That small step can feel like a huge leap, but sometimes to move ahead we must be willing to break out of our comfort zone.
The Parkinson’s Disease (PD) Community lost 2 of its best known iconic figures in 2016. The most recognizable figure on the planet, the boxing legend and humanitarian, Mohamed Ali and Janet Reno, the first US female Attorney General. Thanks to both of them for their awareness and advocacy in spreading the word on PD and the importance of educating the public, our government, and the medical world. They were very public faces who helped to express the needs of this community.
This year I have been to far too many funerals of dear friends who have succumbed to the symptoms of PD. It is a tragic reality– one, that I dread sharing with you.
It is my hope for 2017, that we see more cooperation from all parties involved in drug manufacturing, drug regulation, and drug research to lead to some understanding of just how our brains work. Someone, somewhere, sometime in the not so distant future is going to recognize a common element or link that may very well break open the mystery of Parkinson’s disease. Until that very special day, when the brain reveals itself, it is our duty to ourselves and our loved ones, to do all that we can for ourselves and our conditions.
I wish all of you, my friends and readers, a very healthy and happy New Year!
This time of year it’s hard to be right, some sing carols or Silent Night.
There is but one phrase to cover your back, whether you’re Jewish or Christian, it’ll cover the slack.
Politically safe and correct is this phrase, wishing you well by saying Happy Holidays!
Thanks to all of you for reading my writing. I’d love to hear from you, if you have comments or suggestions for future posts.
What gets you out of bed every day?
What makes you happy?
What inspires you?
Every day may be about small victories.
Be proud of your achievements.
Don’t discount yourself or what you accomplish.
Another Thanksgiving comes this year, time to share all that I treasure to be near and dear ,
There is so much that I cherish–family, friends, and more. I am thankful from my head to my core!
Beloved Shadow has left us-a companion to be forever missed,
A cat like none other–fickle and funny–you get the gist.
Book two has been written and released, we hope our readers are informed and pleased.
It is my hope that this finds you with a positive attitude and well, on this day of gorging and gratitude.
Life is good for me and I hope for you. I hope this day is special, whatever you might do!
This is a beautiful time of the year. Take advantage of it before winter weather gets here. Get out and enjoy it!
I am so pleased to have Robin Elliott, the Executive Director and CEO of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation answering my questions on my blog today. This is right before the World Parkinson Congress in Portland, Oregon, where thousands will congregate to discuss, share, convene, and educate one another on the latest research in this illness.
Here are eight questions. Five of them are strongly encouraged that you answer them. The remaining three questions are your choice whether you want to provide an answer or not. Thank you for participating.
Chinese, Thai, Italian, Mexican, or Ethiopian—what is your favorite cuisine?
What do you like on your pizza?
Of the four seasons, which is your favorite time of the year?
How many World Parkinson Congress events have you attended?
Four (including this one in 2016)
What are you looking forward to most in Portland, site of the WPC 2016?
Riding a bus tour (if time allows) of the one major city in America that I have never visited