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 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

Finding Strength During Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Life with Parkinson’s in the Time of COVID-19: April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

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

April 11 is World Parkinson’s Disease Day

Parkinson’s Awareness Month: The Science Behind How Exercise Slows Disease Progression

2018 Parkinson’s Awareness Month and 65 Quotes to Support Your Life With Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s Awareness Month: Greetings from North Carolina, USA

Parkinson’s Awareness Month: Veterans Health Administration PD Video Series

Parkinson’s Awareness Month: Quotes About Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Awareness Month: #EndParkinsons, World Parkinson Coalition, and Community Service

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

Cover Image by MarjanNo from Pixabay

One Reply to “2021 World Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month: Recap from 2015-2021”

  1. Thanks so much Chip for sharing this with us!

    How are you doing? Feeling? Long time no see!! I miss you and I Hope you are doing well. And I hope we can chat soon. I am fine here in Lafayette, and I’ll be In touch. Love you Chip, Lisa




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