Parkinson’s disease: My Sorrow — and My Joy
“There is a time to weep and a time to laugh.” (Ecclesiastes)
My Parkinson’s paradox: I feel both sorrow and joy as my disease progresses, funneling
down to severe limitations. Sorrow is easily understood as I keep losing capabilities, but
how can I feel joy? That’s the paradox.
Physical Therapy for Parkinson’s disease (PD) may have been controversial many years ago, but it is recommended today. I recently completed 12 weeks of supervised Physical Therapy two or three times a week. I enjoyed the sessions, and the cumulative impact of the therapy was good. I appreciated the congratulations…
The role of exercise in Parkinson’s Disease (PD) has been controversial in the past. It was once thought to shorten the life expectancy of patients with PD. More recent research has reversed that idea. Dr. Norman Doidge tells us why in his book, The Brain’s Way of Healing. Basically, brain…
Depression is common in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD). About half of them live with chronic depression. Research suggests this is related to chemical changes in the brain that come with PD. Decreased dopamine and serotonin levels cause many similar symptoms in both depression and PD. Yet some people with…
Staying in the now is valuable. Having some purpose, no matter how minor, also adds meaning to one’s life. Living with purpose in the present improves the quality of life. It’s especially important in Parkinson’s Disease (PD). There is no cure in sight for PD. My days are limited, but…
Parkinsonism is an umbrella term that refers to conditions with symptoms similar to those of Parkinson’s Disease (PD). It’s the diagnosis my neurologist gave me with my early symptoms.
Parkinsonism symptoms include slow muscle movement and may include muscular stiffness and/or tremors.
My parents had missionary training to go to Africa in 1936. I was ten months old when we arrived. Everyone had to take quinine to fight malaria. I was given a crushed pill in applesauce, but that didn’t disguise its bitterness. I fought it vigorously, making quinine time a daily battle.