Journey with Parkinson’s: Happy New Year

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier’…” Alfred Lord Tennyson

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” Willie Nelson

We lived through 2021 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We start 2022 in the grips of the same pandemic, just a different variant. Life goes on, life keeps moving forward, don’t look back.

Believe in your attempt to live in the presence of Parkinson’s; your unseen effort matters.
Believe in your fortitude to resist the downward pull of this disorder; keep fighting.
Believe in your support system; they are there to help you navigate life and care for you.
Believe in the science, trying hard to get rid of your suffering and discomfort.
Believe you can do tomorrow what you did yesterday, and what you can do today.

Thanks to you all for the support you have given me while reading this blog; it strengthens me unknowingly. Below is a schematic with a word cloud, a couple of quotes, and a reminder to exercise. It also has two pictures to remind you that your life with Parkinson’s is only a trap if you allow it to suffocate you; keep resisting its effort, keep going strong, and stay healthy.

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.” Frank C. Church

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language, and next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.” T.S. Eliot

Cover photo image by Frank C. Church

7 Replies to “Journey with Parkinson’s: Happy New Year”

  1. Dear Frank,
    I want to thank you for your inspirational blog and wish you a Happy New Year. You remind me everyday to live life for today, to exercise, to be mindful and you have helped me build psychological resilience to this disease.
    I have a biological science degree and an absolute nerd for the science behind the problems we all face. I couldn’t get enough of the evidence, the publications, the research, making sure I was seeing the best neurologists, understanding the physiology and pharmacology etc. but that was the easy bit for me really. By far the hardest part has been dealing with the psychological fall out of this disease and building resilience to it.
    Making sure I was balanced in my approach has taken time and I your blog helped me enormously, thank you. Please keep
    Wendy (PwP in the UK)


    1. Thank you Wendy, I appreciate your thoughts and comments. I don’t think it’s easy for anyone to do all the things that we need to do, or could be doing, every day to stay healthy. I need to remind myself to do things I talk about, which is why I go back and reread my older blog posts…. It helps me to continue to focus on the tasks. Best wishes to you and your family and happy new year, Frank


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