Parkinson’s Motivation

"You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them." Michael Jordan "It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves." Edmund Hillary Précis: Six years ago today, on March 9, 2015, I started the Journey with Parkinson's blog with a post entitled "I'm Still Here: Life with Parkinson's." This also signifies that …

Parkinson’s: Battles Are Won Within

“The greatest battle you ever have to win is the battle within yourself.” Eli Soriano “The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself, the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us, that’s where it’s at.” Jesse Owens” Introduction: There are many human diseases, a lot of disorders that rob …

Happy New Year from Journey with Parkinson’s

"There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind." C. S. Lewis "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." Theodore Roosevelt Happy New Year! My simple advice as we forge into 2021 is to forget 2020. Move forward, stay positive, be proactive, and always live with hope. Do …

Quotes to Help the Life Journey With Parkinson’s

“Hard times don't create heroes. It is during the hard times when the 'hero' within us is revealed.” Bob Riley "Remember, to the last, that while there is life there is hope." Charles Dickens Précis: About once a year, I have a blog post dedicated to quotes, words worth reading. Hopefully, some of these quotes …

Brief Report: Social Isolation and Loneliness are Risk Factors for Worsening Parkinson’s Symptoms

"A person is a person through other persons; you can't be human in isolation; you are human only in relationships." Desmond Tutu "There is a difference between solitude and isolation. One is connected and one isn't. Solitude replenishes, isolation diminishes." Henry Cloud Précis: Humans need connection, contact, and social interactions to thrive and survive. We …

Wellness Checklist for Life in the Presence of Parkinson’s

"Today is the first day of the rest of your life." Abbie Hoffman "Your life is a work of art that you will work on the rest of your life." Richard Blanco Introduction: The year is closing in on us, one for the record books; a year like no other, it would seem. The Pandemic …

Botulinum Toxin for Treatment of Dystonia, Sialorrhea (Drooling), and Tremor in Parkinson’s

"Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections." Gerard Way "Rules for Happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for." Immanuel Kant Introduction:  I have a new friend with Parkinson's. He has always been very active and genuinely enjoys playing golf. However, he …

Happy Thanksgiving from Journey with Parkinson’s

"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough." Meister Eckhart "We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives." John F. Kennedy It is an understatement to say that 2020 has been a challenging year.It has been …

Treating Parkinson’s with Carbidopa/Levodopa

"If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be." Maya Angelou "Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space. Invite one to stay." Maya Angelou Précis: This blog post's primary goal is to present an overview of Carbidopa/Levodopa (originally named Sinemet) for treating Parkinson's. A secondary objective was …

Brief Report: DIY COVID-19 Disinfectant Wipes, Spray and Gel

*DIY = Do-It-Yourself “What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” Vincent Van Gogh “The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.” Theodore Roosevelt Introduction: A novel coronavirus, originally named 2019-nCoV, began circulating around the world in late 2019. It was later renamed to severe …