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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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 →

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