Parkinson’s: Dazed and Confused

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."  Randy Pausch The good news is that my diagnosis explains all of the health issues I've had for the past three years. The bad news is that I've been diagnosed with Parkinson's.  If you don't know anything about Parkinson's, go to …

Parkinson’s Puzzle

Parkinson’s is truly a puzzling disorder.If ten of us had the flu, we would all have similar, if not identical, symptoms. Ten of us with Parkinson’s, likely all would have different symptoms expressed. Every person with Parkinson's will experience symptoms differently. Parkinson’s is truly a disabling disorder. Yet, there are many strategies for managing our …

Exercise and Parkinson’s

Parkinson's affects your ability to move.  Exercise keeps muscles strong, improves flexibility and mobility, especially in Parkinson's. Exercise will not stop the progression of Parkinson's but it may help slow it down; however, it improves balance, reverses stiffening of joints, improves mobility, and definitely exercise bolsters your spirits. Exercise has been an almost daily part …

Educating the Educator About Parkinson’s

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi As a scientist and medical educator,  I read a lot for work (papers, reviews, chapters, books). There are 100's of books and 1000's of papers written about Parkinson's Disease (PD or Parkinson's), so where did I begin …

I’m Still Here: Life with Parkinson’s

"You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”  Maya Angelou A year ago this week I got the good/bad news from my Neurologist.  The 'good' news was that we can deal/treat/manage my current symptoms.  The 'bad' news was that I had Parkinson's …