Allies Against Parkinson’s

"Resilience is not what happens to you. It’s how you react to, respond to, and recover from what happens to you." Jeffrey Gitomer "Resilience is very different than being numb. Resilience means you experience, you feel, you fail, you hurt. You fall. But, you keep going." Yasmin Mogahed Introduction: Several years ago, someone gave me or …

Living With Parkinson’s

"If you could get up the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed." David Viscott "Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible." Helen Keller Introduction: Having gone through a major change in strategy to treat my Parkinson's (see "Treating Parkinson’s with a Dopamine Agonist: The Ropinirole Taper"), I have returned …

Treating Parkinson’s with a Dopamine Agonist: The Ropinirole Taper

"The key to change is to let go of fear." Rosanne Cash "Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength." Corrie Ten Boom Introduction: Seven years ago, when diagnosed with Parkinson's, I began taking Ropinirole, a dopamine agonist. And in the last month, I decided to stop taking Ropinirole …

Happy New Year from Journey with Parkinson’s

"There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind." C. S. Lewis "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." Theodore Roosevelt Happy New Year! My simple advice as we forge into 2021 is to forget 2020. Move forward, stay positive, be proactive, and always live with hope. Do …

Quotes to Help the Life Journey With Parkinson’s

“Hard times don't create heroes. It is during the hard times when the 'hero' within us is revealed.” Bob Riley "Remember, to the last, that while there is life there is hope." Charles Dickens Précis: About once a year, I have a blog post dedicated to quotes, words worth reading. Hopefully, some of these quotes …

Journey with Parkinson’s: (Part 1) Another Side of Life

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." J. R. R. Tolkien "We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery." H. G. Wells Introduction:  Parkinson's changes us in many ways: …

A Parkinson’s Diagnosis: You Still Control Your Life

"Your life is a work of art that you will work on the rest of your life." Richard Blanco "Today is the first day of the rest of your life, and if you screw that up, you can start again tomorrow." Ingrid Weir A Not So Typical "Anniversary" Blog Post:Six years ago this week, I …

Life With Parkinson’s

"Hope makes a good breakfast. Eat plenty of it." Ian Fleming "Learn from yesterday, live for today." Albert Einstein Introduction: In early March, 2015, I began this blog. And I closed the first blog post as follows: "In closing this opening blog, I am trying to live life well and authentically, and not be defined …

Playing Golf in the Presence of Parkinson’s and Some Motivational Quotes for Exercise

"But in the end it's still a game of golf, and if at the end of the day you can't shake hands with your opponents and still be friends, then you've missed the point." Payne Stewart "You swing your best when you have the fewest things to think about." Bobby Jones Introduction: It is winter …

Happy New Year, Happy New Decade Parkinson’s

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year." Ralph Waldo Emerson "And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been" Rainer Maria Rilke A New Year: Happy New Year everyone. I begin with a thank-you to all of the readers of this blog; …