2019 Parkinson’s Awareness Month (Part 2)- Exercise

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.“ William James "Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going." Jim Ryun Part 2 of Parkinson’s Awareness Month is Dedicated to Exercise:Introduction to Parkinson's:What is Parkinson’s Disease? Parkinson’s usually presents as a motor system disorder that results from the loss …

Perseverance in Parkinson’s

"Perseverance, secret of all triumphs." Victor Hugo “Never, never, never give in!” Winston S. Churchill Perseverance Defined: <per·se·ver·ance /ˌpərsəˈvirəns/ noun> I really like the description given by vocabulary.com, "Perseverance is not giving up. It is persistence and tenacity, the effort required to do something and keep doing it till the end, even if it's hard. With …

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 …