Reflection on Friday- Dopamine

“Because you are alive, everything is possible.” Thích Nhất Hạnh “Keep swinging.” Hank Aaron Dopamine is Important: Dopamine has the chemical structure of 3,4-dihydroxyphenethylamine and is a member of the catecholamine and phenethylamine families. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter, which means it delivers a message in the central nervous system. The enzyme L-DOPA decarboxylase removes carbon dioxide …

Reflection on Friday- Health Benefits to Vacation

"A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you've been taking." Earl Wilson "A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in." Robert Orben The Benefit of Vacation to Your Health: In many ways, this post is apparent and meaningless. We all know that relieving or …

Word for Wednesday: Life

“I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life.” Louise Hay “Avoiding problems you need to face is avoiding the life you need to live.” Paulo Coelho “Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realizing that life is made up of little things.” Frank A. Clark “Stop existing in …

Thought for Thursday: Live With Hope

"What oxygen is to the lungs, such is hope to the meaning of life." Emil Brunner "Once you choose hope, anything's possible" Christopher Reeve "Your jar-of-hope will be challenged daily by Parkinson’s; hopefully, you will keep the jar at least half-filled and not half-empty of hope." Frank C. Church Also see these blog posts: Staying …

Word for Wednesday: Courage

"Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage." Maya Angelou “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 …

Parkinson’s: Won’t Back Down

"The beginning is always today." Mary Wollstonecraft "Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm." Abraham Lincoln Introduction: Living with Parkinson's is a minute, hourly, and daily challenge. It takes patience, determination, persistence, and the ability to not back down from the challenge it presents. In one of Tom Petty's …

Mindfulness Meditation for Parkinson’s

"Mindfulness is the miracle by which we master and restore ourselves." Nhat Hanh "Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes." Carl Jung Introduction: This post is one of my repeating themes. This one is on mindfulness meditation. Why would someone keep repeating a topic? Well, why do I do it? For the following reasons. First, I …

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 …