Journey with Parkinson’s: Happy New Year

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier’…” Alfred Lord Tennyson "When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around." Willie Nelson We lived through 2021 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We start 2022 in the grips of the same pandemic, just a different variant. Life goes …

Parkinson’s and Axial Rotation (Part 2, Thoracic Spine)

"It’s not what you do some of the time that counts, it’s what you do all of the time that counts." Jack LaLanne "The essence of decay is inactivity." Jack LaLanne Background: The function of our spine and all the bones and muscles, and associated tissues connected to this region are crucial for our everyday life. …

Words with Hope

"There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow." Orison Swett Marden “Hope is a waking dream.” Aristotle Introduction: Over the years, I have used blog posts about a specific word, feeling, or emotion. A frequent word used a lot here is the word …

The Measure of a Day With Parkinson’s

"Stop measuring days by degree of productivity and start experiencing them by degree of presence." Alan Watts "It's so much easier to measure life in experience points." Felicia Day Introduction: How do we value ourselves to society, work colleagues, neighbors, and our loved ones and family? We each have some sort of 'value' that others …

Parkinson’s: Fight Song

"Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way." Satchel Paige "Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn." Harriet Beecher Stowe Introduction: Living with Parkinson's is a daily fight (in my mind) because Parkinson's is always trying to …

Reflection on Friday- Exercise is Medicine

“Neurons that fire together wire together. Mental states become neural traits. Day after day, your mind is building your brain. This is what scientists call experience-dependent neuroplasticity,” Rick Hanson “Any man could, if he were so inclined, be the sculptor of his own brain.” Santiago Ramón y Cajal The Brain and the Central Nervous System …

Word for Wednesday: Life

“I choose to make the rest of my life the best of my life.” Louise Hay “Avoiding problems you need to face is avoiding the life you need to live.” Paulo Coelho “Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realizing that life is made up of little things.” Frank A. Clark “Stop existing in …

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 …

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: Won’t Back Down

"The beginning is always today." Mary Wollstonecraft "Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm." Abraham Lincoln Introduction: Living with Parkinson's is a minute, hourly, and daily challenge. It takes patience, determination, persistence, and the ability to not back down from the challenge it presents. In one of Tom Petty's …

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