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... Continue Reading →

10 “P-Words” That Will Help Your Career Even in the Presence of Parkinson’s

"Enjoy the journey, enjoy every moment, and quit worrying about Winning and losing." Matt Biondi "Enjoy the journey as much as the destination."  Marshall Sylver Introduction:  It has been a month since my last blog post.  Trips to Arizona, California, Alabama, and Florida consumed much of the month.  I spent time with relatives, dear old... Continue Reading →

Building Empathy for Parkinson’s

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”  Ernest Hemingway “To perceive is to suffer.”  Aristotle Introduction: The loss of dopamine-producing neurons in the mid-brain leads to Parkinson's disease, which usually presents with motor dysfunction of different degrees of progression from person-to-person.  This post explores the differences between empathy and sympathy, and describes a... Continue Reading →

Sleep Disturbances in Parkinson’s and the Eagles Best Song Lyrics

“There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.” Homer, The Odyssey “Man is a genius when he is dreaming.” Akira Kurosawa Précis: There are many manifestations associated with Parkinson's; one of the more frustrating aspects is the alteration of sleep patterns.  Herein is a brief overview of sleep... Continue Reading →

2016 Whitehead Lecture: Advice, Life Stories and the Journey with Parkinson’s

"In giving advice I advise you, be short." Horace "The journey is what brings us happiness not the destination." Dan Millman Introduction: Last month, I presented the Whitehead Lecture to the UNC School of Medicine (SOM).  Here is what that means: "The annual Whitehead Lecture serves as an unofficial convocation for the School of Medicine.... Continue Reading →

Believe in Life in the Presence of Parkinson’s

“Life is not only merriment, it is desire and determination.” Kahlil Gibran "Nothing will work unless you do." Maya Angelou Dedication: I recently participated in a Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR!) Instructor Workshop in Greenville, SC (July 30-31, 2016); now I am certified in PWR!Moves.  This post is dedicated to the workshop instructor Jennifer Bazan-Wigle; and... Continue Reading →

The 23andMe Parkinson’s Research Study

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." Carl Sagan "A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work." Colin Powell Introduction/Background: Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects movement. It evolves slowly, usually starting as either stiffness in a hand or a small tremor. Over time, Parkinson’s progresses;... Continue Reading →

The Evolving Portrait of Parkinson’s

“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” Betty Friedane  “If we own the story then we can write the ending.” Brené Brown Précis:  To showcase the amazing art/photography/videography of Anders M. Leines who lives in Norway, which gives me the opportunity to voice an opinion about the emerging picture/image... Continue Reading →

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