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 …

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 …

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 …

Wellness Checklist for Life in the Presence of Parkinson’s

"Today is the first day of the rest of your life." Abbie Hoffman "Your life is a work of art that you will work on the rest of your life." Richard Blanco Introduction: The year is closing in on us, one for the record books; a year like no other, it would seem. The Pandemic …

Treating Parkinson’s with Carbidopa/Levodopa

"If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be." Maya Angelou "Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space. Invite one to stay." Maya Angelou Précis: This blog post's primary goal is to present an overview of Carbidopa/Levodopa (originally named Sinemet) for treating Parkinson's. A secondary objective was …

Basal Ganglia, Nigrostriatal Pathway and Parkinson’s

"Hope arouses, as nothing else can arouse, a passion for the possible." William Sloane Coffin "Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart, and you'll never walk alone, you'll never walk alone." Oscar Hammerstein II Introduction: I have been trying to learn more about brain physiology and the inner workings as it relates to …

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 …

The Practical Matter of Carrying Medication for Treating Parkinson’s

"Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life." Golda Meir "Start where you are, use what you have." Arthur Ashe Introduction: Within 24 hours of arriving in Kyoto, Japan for the World Parkinson Congress (June 2019), I was asked by several people, "How did I …

The Uncertainty of Parkinson’s

"In these matters the only certainty is that nothing is certain." Pliny the Elder "Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty." Jacob Bronowski Précis: There are many motor and non-symptoms in Parkinson's, which gives us our own individual expression pattern of this chronic neurodegenerative disease. A common thread we share is linked …

Brief Report: Hair Loss Linked to Dopamine Agonists

"It is foolish to pluck out one's hair for sorrow, as if grief could be assuaged by baldness." Marcus Tullius Cicero "Anyone can be confident with a full head of hair. But a confident bald man - there's your diamond in the rough." Larry David Introduction: When you play golf, they frequently pair you up …