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

"Don't give up. Don't ever give up." Jim Valvano “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” Brené Brown Parkinson's disease Awareness Month: Parkinson's awareness month is exactly that.  You simply start by making people around you familiar with this disorder.  And you can help others learn more about this neurodegenerative disease. Description... Continue Reading →

Dopamine Agonist Withdrawal Syndrome (DAWS) in Parkinson’s

"Some remedies are worse than the disease." Publilius Syrus "Each patient carries his own doctor inside him." Norman Cousins Summary: Dopamine agonists are widely used in the treatment of Parkinson's, especially as a first-line therapy. Some patients on a dopamine agonist experience side-effects that require either tapering or discontinuation of the drug.  First described in... Continue Reading →

Building Empathy for Parkinson’s

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”  Ernest Hemingway “To perceive is to suffer.”  Aristotle Introduction: The loss of dopamine-producing neurons in the mid-brain leads to Parkinson's disease, which usually presents with motor dysfunction of different degrees of progression from person-to-person.  This post explores the differences between empathy and sympathy, and describes a... Continue Reading →

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

"My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging." Hank Aaron "Nothing worth having comes easy." Theodore Roosevelt Introduction: Several years ago, the Veterans Health Administration produced videos to educate/inform our veterans about Parkinson's... Continue Reading →

Chapter 6: A Parkinson’s Reading Companion on Courage

“Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow.” Mary Anne Radmacher “We can judge our progress by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers, our willingness to embrace what is true rather than what feels good.” Carl... Continue Reading →

Chapter 4: A Parkinson’s Reading Companion on Adversity

“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” C.S. Lewis "Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging." Joseph Campbell  Précis: The students from my undergraduate course, “Biology of Blood Diseases”, submitted quotes about these words: hope, courage, journey, persistence, positivity, strength, adversity, mindfulness, and life (for further details... Continue Reading →

Anti-malaria Drugs Target Nurr1 For Possible Parkinson’s Therapeutics

“When prescribing one of the drugs I take, my doctor warned me of a common side effect: exaggerated, intensely vivid dreams. To be honest, I've never really noticed the difference. I've always dreamt big.” Michael J. Fox Parkinson's description: About 60,000 new Parkinson's cases will be diagnosed this year in the USA; joining the 1... Continue Reading →

Air Force Core Values And A Life Lived

“Integrity has no need of rules.” Albert Camus “You are what you do, not what you say you'll do.”  C.G. Jung “Do ordinary things extraordinarily well.” Gregg Harris USAF (United States Air Force) Core Values and Growing Up: "Integrity, service and excellence." These three words represent the core values of the USAF, which reminds me... Continue Reading →

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