Life in the Presence of Parkinson’s: A Daily Mantra

"Gratitude is the greatest prayer. Thank you is the greatest mantra." Swami Nithyananda "My mantra: Brainless exercise is a lost opportunity for improvement." Michael Merzenich Definition: Mantra, man·tra (/ˈmantrə/) noun: mantra; plural noun: mantras.1. (originally in Hinduism and Buddhism) A word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation. "A mantra is given to a …

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 …

Parkinson’s and Life Lessons Learned in Bermuda

"You can go to heaven if you want. I'd rather stay in Bermuda." Mark Twain “Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." Roald Da Introduction: Heading to Bermuda for a much-needed break may have been crazy in the middle of another COVID-19 surge, with Delta and Omicron variants spreading like wildfire. Nonetheless, after …

Words with Hope

"There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow." Orison Swett Marden “Hope is a waking dream.” Aristotle Introduction: Over the years, I have used blog posts about a specific word, feeling, or emotion. A frequent word used a lot here is the word …

The Measure of a Day With Parkinson’s

"Stop measuring days by degree of productivity and start experiencing them by degree of presence." Alan Watts "It's so much easier to measure life in experience points." Felicia Day Introduction: How do we value ourselves to society, work colleagues, neighbors, and our loved ones and family? We each have some sort of 'value' that others …

Parkinson’s: Don’t Give Up

"Don't give up. Don't ever give up." Jim Valvano "Never, never, never give up." Winston Churchill Introduction: A recurring theme here and just about anywhere you read about living with Parkinson's is the call to keep trying, never to give up. Why? I think because the physical aspect of Parkinson's can be devastating. Furthermore, the …

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 …

Journey with Parkinson’s: Tribute to the Greatest Generation

"The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes." William James "This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." Elmer Davis Introduction: The Greatest Generation was a book written in 1998 by journalist …

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