Treating Parkinson’s with a Dopamine Agonist: The Ropinirole Taper

"The key to change is to let go of fear." Rosanne Cash "Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength." Corrie Ten Boom Introduction: Seven years ago, when diagnosed with Parkinson's, I began taking Ropinirole, a dopamine agonist. And in the last month, I decided to stop taking Ropinirole …

2021 World Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month: Recap from 2015-2021

“Perhaps I am stronger than I think.” Thomas Merton “I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life.” Louise Hay Introduction: We celebrate Parkinson's Awareness month in April since it is the birth month of James Parkinson. He first reported/described the disorder, and from which, years later, his name was …

Parkinson’s Motivation

"You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them." Michael Jordan "It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves." Edmund Hillary Précis: Six years ago today, on March 9, 2015, I started the Journey with Parkinson's blog with a post entitled "I'm Still Here: Life with Parkinson's." This also signifies that …

Parkinson’s: Battles Are Won Within

“The greatest battle you ever have to win is the battle within yourself.” Eli Soriano “The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself, the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us, that’s where it’s at.” Jesse Owens” Introduction: There are many human diseases, a lot of disorders that rob …

10 Things For A Better Life With Parkinson’s

"Life is too deep for words, so don't try to describe it, just live it." C. S. Lewis "Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Live Each Day: Every day, you accomplish something, and it makes you feel alive; you are alive. Every day you try to do something …

Happy New Year from Journey with Parkinson’s

"There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind." C. S. Lewis "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." Theodore Roosevelt Happy New Year! My simple advice as we forge into 2021 is to forget 2020. Move forward, stay positive, be proactive, and always live with hope. Do …

Quotes to Help the Life Journey With Parkinson’s

“Hard times don't create heroes. It is during the hard times when the 'hero' within us is revealed.” Bob Riley "Remember, to the last, that while there is life there is hope." Charles Dickens Précis: About once a year, I have a blog post dedicated to quotes, words worth reading. Hopefully, some of these quotes …

Brief Report: Social Isolation and Loneliness are Risk Factors for Worsening Parkinson’s Symptoms

"A person is a person through other persons; you can't be human in isolation; you are human only in relationships." Desmond Tutu "There is a difference between solitude and isolation. One is connected and one isn't. Solitude replenishes, isolation diminishes." Henry Cloud Précis: Humans need connection, contact, and social interactions to thrive and survive. We …

Wellness Checklist for Life in the Presence of Parkinson’s

"Today is the first day of the rest of your life." Abbie Hoffman "Your life is a work of art that you will work on the rest of your life." Richard Blanco Introduction: The year is closing in on us, one for the record books; a year like no other, it would seem. The Pandemic …

Botulinum Toxin for Treatment of Dystonia, Sialorrhea (Drooling), and Tremor in Parkinson’s

"Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections." Gerard Way "Rules for Happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for." Immanuel Kant Introduction:  I have a new friend with Parkinson's. He has always been very active and genuinely enjoys playing golf. However, he …