Brief Report: Contentment, Gratitude, and Mindfulness in the Presence of Parkinson’s

"Contentment is natural wealth." Socrates "Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." Melody Beattie "Mindfulness is the miracle by which we master and restore ourselves." Thich Nhat Hanh Contentment, Gratitude, and Mindfulness: Living with Parkinson's has brought me a lot; yes, it's a curse, yes, it …

Moving Day® 2018 in North Carolina was a Time to Walk for Parkinson’s

“Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.” Joseph Campbell"Remember. Every day, some ordinary person does something extraordinary. Today, it's your turn." Lou HoltzPeople who move can change the world: “Moving Day® is the National Parkinson Foundation’s annual fundraising walk event. It is a fun and inspiring fundraising event that unites …

Planet Patient vs Planet Researcher: From Both Sides, Now

"I cannot always control what goes on outside. But I can always control what goes on inside." Wayne Dyer "Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers." Voltaire Setting the Stage: This is Mariëtte Robijn-  She lives in the Netherlands and was diagnosed with Parkinson's at the young age of 46.  Mariëtte has …

Living and Working with “HOPE” in the Presence of Parkinson’s

"Life is difficult. This is the great truth, one of the greatest truths-it is a great truth because once we see this truth, we transcend it." M. Scott Peck "Life is hard. Life is beautiful. Life is difficult. Life is wonderful." Kate DiCamillo Introduction: A student and loyal reader of this blog recently asked “What …

64 Quotes on Persistence to Help Your Journey With Parkinson’s Disease

“Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it!” Winston Churchill "Energy and persistence conquer all things." Benjamin Franklin Introduction: On January 1, LinkedIn announced that I had a work anniversary of 32 years at The University North Carolina at Chapel Hill ( if you include my postdoc at UNC-CH, this is a grand …

Part 1 of 2017 PWR! (Parkinson Wellness Recovery) Retreat: Pictures With Great Memories

"Just put one foot in front of the other."  Austin Peck "Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success."  Henry Ford Introduction to Part 1: From May 28-June 3, >100 people came to Scottsdale, Arizona for the PWR! Retreat. The final tally had >50 people-with-Parkinson's, more than 30 care partners …

Parkinson’s Awareness Month: Greetings from North Carolina, USA

With Parkinson’s you have two choices: You can let it control you, or you can control it. And I’ve chosen to control it.” US Senator Isakson “Perhaps I am stronger than I think.” Thomas Merton Précis: A brief overview about Parkinson's disease, highlights from our Moving Day NC Triangle Planning Committee during "Parkinson's Disease Awareness …