“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 given to the disease we call Parkinson’s disease.
“Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.” Napoleon Hill
Parkinson’s Awareness Month: We are not celebrating this disease, because there are very few good things about having a neurodegenerative disorder like Parkinson’s. If there is a blessing to be had, it is better to have Parkinson’s (in my opinion) than any other member of the neurodegenerative group of diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and Huntington’s disease, and so forth. Why? WIth Parkinson’s, at least we have several different types of therapies that can be used to address the numerous symptoms, both motor- and non-motor aspects of Parkinson’s.
“The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.” Herbert Kaufman
Reflecting about Parkinson’s: Having time to reflect on Parkinson’s, to think about telling others about the disorder is valuable. There are many misconceptions about Parkinson’s, this is your time to educate, to inform, to make it more relevant in others’ minds.
I was playing golf the other day, and I brought up to one of my playing partners about my therapy for Parkinson’s by hitting 100 golf balls/day at the driving range (when the weather permits it to be open), and he brought up that two of his brothers had Parkinson’s. This led to a great conversation for the rest of the golf round. It always seems to me that we all know someone who has (or had) Parkinson’s, and words of reassuring/reasoning always work to mend the bridge between people.
“Great beginnings are not as important as the way one finishes.” James Dobson
Live Strong: This month is perfect for reflection, for waking up each morning and saying, OK, Parkinson’s, this is going to be my day! Grab the reins of life and maybe start by heading out to meet your grandchildren for lunch, going to the PIckleball courts, do not watch the network news today on TV (take a break), or do something incredibly thoughtful/nice for your partner. And remember to be kind to yourself.
“It’s not what you start in life, it’s what you finish.” Katharine Hepburn
Live Forward: Each day starts the life-clock ticking, not down, but forward. Each day you live through, well, you (mostly and hopefully) won that previous day from your disorder. Congratulate yourself; little minor victories add up. They do. Set a goal for the new day when you get up. Look backward only long enough to realize that you achieved yesterday’s goal, and so starts today. Please keep it going, do not ever give up.
“The greatest achievement is to outperform yourself.” Denis Waitley
Recapping the Last Six Years of Parkinson’s Awareness Months: Since starting my blog in 2015, I have written 19 blog posts during this time frame reflecting on Parkinson’s disease and our awareness of the disorder. Why? Because this month seems important. April can be such a phenomenally beautiful month, that connects us with winter and spring. However, with frequent reminders, the weather is not fully convinced winter is finally over and spring is here to stay.
Thus, let’s use April to remind others about Parkinson’s. And you use April to make new resolutions to yourself. Applaud your effort, big or small, continue to appraise your time/effort, to access and evolve your life plan. Today starts; keep living.
Given below are the titles and links to the various blog posts that I have written since 2015, enjoy.
“Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement.” Albert Camus
•2019 Parkinson’s Awareness Month- 12 Rules of Life With Exercise
•2019 Parkinson’s Awareness Month (Part 2)- Exercise
•Hope- 2019 Parkinson’s Awareness Month
•Positivity- 2019 Parkinson’s Awareness Month
•Courage- 2019 Parkinson’s Awareness Month
•Perseverance- 2019 Parkinson’s Awareness Month
•Mindfulness- 2019 Parkinson’s Awareness Month
•Life- 2019 Parkinson’s Awareness Month
•Love- 2019 Parkinson’s Awareness Month
“Studies indicate that the one quality all successful people have is persistence. They’re willing to spend more time accomplishing a task and to persevere in the face of many difficult odds. There’s a very positive relationship between people’s ability to accomplish any task and the time they’re willing to spend on it.” Joyce Brothers