Parkinson’s and Axial Mobility (Part 1, Cervical Spine)

"Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being" Plato "If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health." Hippocrates Introduction: The function of our spine and all the bones and muscles, and associated …

Parkinson’s: Don’t Give Up

"Don't give up. Don't ever give up." Jim Valvano "Never, never, never give up." Winston Churchill Introduction: A recurring theme here and just about anywhere you read about living with Parkinson's is the call to keep trying, never to give up. Why? I think because the physical aspect of Parkinson's can be devastating. Furthermore, the …

Thought for Thursday: Live With Hope

"What oxygen is to the lungs, such is hope to the meaning of life." Emil Brunner "Once you choose hope, anything's possible" Christopher Reeve "Your jar-of-hope will be challenged daily by Parkinson’s; hopefully, you will keep the jar at least half-filled and not half-empty of hope." Frank C. Church Also see these blog posts: Staying …

Word for Wednesday: Courage

"Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage." Maya Angelou “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” Mary …

Parkinson’s- Motion Monday- Exercise

“The reason I exercise is for the quality of life I enjoy.” William H. Cooper “It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor.” Marcus Tullius Cicero "Find some exercises you like, make it a routine.Find others who like what you like, makes it more fun.Your life with Parkinson’s is …

Parkinson’s: Don’t Look Back

"Now, be brave and don't look back. Don't look back." Shmi Skywalker "Don't look back, you can never look back." Don Henley Introduction: In the mid-1970s, Boston erupted into our radios with their thunderous rock-sound of music. The well-known story of the MIT-educated genius-engineer, Tom Scholz. He did everything in the basement of his house, recorded and …

Allies Against Parkinson’s

"Resilience is not what happens to you. It’s how you react to, respond to, and recover from what happens to you." Jeffrey Gitomer "Resilience is very different than being numb. Resilience means you experience, you feel, you fail, you hurt. You fall. But, you keep going." Yasmin Mogahed Introduction: Several years ago, someone gave me or …

Living With Parkinson’s

"If you could get up the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed." David Viscott "Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible." Helen Keller Introduction: Having gone through a major change in strategy to treat my Parkinson's (see "Treating Parkinson’s with a Dopamine Agonist: The Ropinirole Taper"), I have returned …

Treating Parkinson’s with a Dopamine Agonist: The Ropinirole Taper

"The key to change is to let go of fear." Rosanne Cash "Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength." Corrie Ten Boom Introduction: Seven years ago, when diagnosed with Parkinson's, I began taking Ropinirole, a dopamine agonist. And in the last month, I decided to stop taking Ropinirole …