Positivity- 2019 Parkinson’s Awareness Month

"Because you are alive, everything is possible." Thich Nhat Hanh "Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." Maya Angelou 2019 Parkinson's Awareness Month: To help support the month of Parkinson's awareness, here are 4-posts from April- •2019 Parkinson’s Awareness Month- 12 Rules of Life With Exercise •2019... Continue Reading →

Perseverance in Parkinson’s

"Perseverance, secret of all triumphs." Victor Hugo “Never, never, never give in!” Winston S. Churchill Perseverance Defined: <per·se·ver·ance /ˌpərsəˈvirəns/ noun> I really like the description given by vocabulary.com, "Perseverance is not giving up. It is persistence and tenacity, the effort required to do something and keep doing it till the end, even if it's hard. With... Continue Reading →

Parkinson’s Life Strengths

“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 “Talents are best nurtured in solitude, but character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Introduction: Living well with... Continue Reading →

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 →

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