How Do You Feel When You Wake Up Each Morning?

"Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain... To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices - today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it."  Kevyn Aucoin "I wake up every morning …

Tremor Tutorial

"No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible."  George Chakiris Start of the Story: Dr. James Parkinson was the first to describe (published in 1817) the condition that now bears his name.  He described Parkinson’s like this: “Involuntary tremulous motion, with lessened muscular power, in parts not in action and even …

Isradipine: Shutting the Door on Calcium Channels to Slow the Progression of Parkinson’s

"The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof." Barbara Kingsolver Doors Opening and Closing, an Analogy for Calcium Channels:  Carrie Newcomer sings …

Imagine Yourself Then, Imagine Yourself Now With Parkinson’s

"Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” Winston S. Churchill Imagine yourself then, imagine yourself now. What are the differences? I …

Physicians in the Constellation of Care

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”  Edward Everett Hale “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” Karen Lamb Constellation of Care: In …

Dopamine: A Symbol of Hope

"As I ate breakfast one morning, I overheard two oncologists conversing. One complained bitterly, 'You know, Bob, I just don't understand it, We used the same schedule and the same dosage, and the same entry criteria. Yet I got a 22 percent response rate and you got a 74 percent. That's unheard of for metastatic …

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in Parkinson’s

"The secret is here in the present. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better." Paulo Coelho In a recent post, I listed the various types of therapy being used to treat my Parkinson's.  Importantly, I believe …

Parkinson’s Disease- What the Words Represent

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring There are many ways to describe and relate to Parkinson's. Here is one viewpoint. An acronym that I use to describe “PARKINSON’S” is: Positive and hopeful, Attitude matters, Responsibility to keep trying, …

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 …

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