Staying Hopeful With Parkinson’s

“Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark.” George Iles

 “Learn from yesterday, Live for today and Hope for tomorrow.”   Albert Einstein

Introduction: The Cambridge dictionary defines hope as “the feeling that something desired can be had or will happen.” Hope is a key word in your life with Parkinson’s. A heart that feels hope keeps the body strong. A person that stays hopeful sustains their life for better-healthier moments.

“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.” Christopher Reeve

Remaining Hopeful With Parkinson’s: Using a similar template to Staying Positive With Parkinson’s, here are ten hopeful suggestions to help you stay strong, positive, and focused in the presence of Parkinson’s. Featured below are also ten additional quotes with a goal of staying hopeful throughout the day and beyond. Also included are the following: (i) each suggestion and quote printed together on a colorful modern art backdrop and (ii) a 1-min mp4 file containing all ten tips/quotes.

“There should be no boundaries to human endeavor. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope.” Stephen Hawking, The Theory of Everything 

Remain Authentic: Living with Parkinson’s now means you need courage, commitment, hope, and a strong will to fight and try to slow progression; remember, your life’s still happening. Living with Parkinson’s argues that you acknowledge its presence; by remaining persistent you can still accomplish the majority of your current/future goals.” From The Song of the Journey Ahead is About Living Authentically in the Presence of Parkinson’s

“The most beautiful people I’ve known are those who have known trials, have known struggles, have known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.” Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Hope in the Presence of Parkinson’s: “Hope that bad moments you may be having will dissipate quickly and move on to better and happier moments.” From Chapter 1: A Parkinson’s Reading Companion on Hope

“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work; you don’t give up.” Anne Lamott

Gain Control Of Your Symptoms: “Each day we wear a cape on our back labeled with the letters PD.  Each day we bring a positive reaction to handle our symptoms, I am convinced when we begin to fade those letters; we begin to gain control of our symptoms.” From Hope, Courage, Persistence, Positivity, Mindfulness, And The Journey

“To me, hope is informed optimism.” Michael J. Fox

Be Hopeful: “We balance our personal-rheostat between life and career, family and friends, and service and other activities.  Living positively will certainly augment your meaningful life. No regrets. Remain hopeful. Stay strong. Live positively.” From Positively Parkinson’s

“While the heart beats, hope lingers.” Alison Croggon

Exercise For Your Life: “A regular aerobic exercise program likely helps to promote the appropriate conditions for the injured brain to undergo neuroplasticity.” From Déjà Vu and Neuroplasticity in Parkinson’s

“She stood in the storm and when the wind did not blow her away, she adjusted her sails.” Elizabeth Edwards

Living Means Adapting: ”Living with Parkinson’s requires you to adapt to its subtle but progressive changes over a long period of time; you need to remain hopeful and live your life.” From Happiness and Parkinson’s: 10 Simple Suggestions to Make Your Life Happier

“What oxygen is to the lungs, such is hope to the meaning of life.” Emil Brunner

Your Inner Strength: “Strength is found in each of us. For those of us with Parkinson’s, we use our personal strengths of character to bolster our hope, courage, mindfulness, contentment, gratitude, determination, and the will to survive. Stay strong. Stay hopeful. Stay educated. Stay determined. Stay persistent. Stay courageous. Stay positive. Stay wholehearted. Stay mindful. Stay happy. Stay you.” From Personal Strengths of Character

“If you keep hope alive, it will keep you alive.” Cassandra Clare

Renew Your Life: “Awake each morning: Each new day renews our life, our contract to keep living. Strive to live-forward, and always remember that we’re still in the driver’s seat of our world. Live decisively even as we accept the problems from Parkinson’s.” From Sleep, Relaxation, And Traveling

“Perhaps I am stronger than I think.” Thomas Merton

We’ve Got Time To Live: “There’s time left in your life to sing, live, love, work, manage your disorder. There’s time left in your life to accomplish much, if not all. Remain hopeful, mindful, positive, courageous, and persistent. Let our journey continue.” From The Song of the Journey Ahead is About Living Authentically in the Presence of Parkinson’s

“Fight till the last gasp.” William Shakespeare’s King Henry VI

You Are Still You: “Always remember, your life matters now with Parkinson’s as much as it did before Parkinson’s. Stay hopeful as you navigate adversity, stay you in spite of your Parkinson’s.” From Hope Resides Within the Adversity of Parkinson’s

“My dear, In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love. In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile. In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm. I realized, through it all, that… In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back. Truly yours, Albert Camus” Albert Camus

Photo cover credit: https://www.charlestoncvb.com/beaches/folly-beach/

Hope scrabble photo: https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/hope-community-activists-not-ta-nehisi-coates

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