Parkinson’s Life Strengths

“The most beautiful people I’ve known are those who have known trials, have known struggles, have known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.” Elisabeth Kübler-Ross “Talents are best nurtured in solitude, but character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Introduction: Living well with …

Always, With Parkinson’s

"Our illness is often our healing." Mooji "Life was always a matter of waiting for the right moment to act." Paulo Coelho The Beginning of the Thought:  I was at the driving range recently hitting golf balls.  And this guy walks by wearing a T-shirt that said: "Always on, Never off."  It struck me as …

Daily Inspiration (Mantra) from the 2018 PWR! (Parkinson Wellness Recovery) Retreat

"One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can't utter." James Earl Jones "Good actions are a guard against the blows of adversity." Abu Bakr Introduction:  A new part of the recently completed PWR! (Parkinson Wellness Recovery) retreat for 2018 in Scottsdale, AZ was something termed "Daily Inspiration …

2018 Parkinson’s Awareness Month and 65 Quotes to Support Your Life With Parkinson’s

"Don't give up. Don't ever give up." Jim Valvano “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” Brené Brown Parkinson's disease Awareness Month: Parkinson's awareness month is exactly that.  You simply start by making people around you familiar with this disorder.  And you can help others learn more about this neurodegenerative disease. Description …

Living and Working with “HOPE” in the Presence of Parkinson’s

"Life is difficult. This is the great truth, one of the greatest truths-it is a great truth because once we see this truth, we transcend it." M. Scott Peck "Life is hard. Life is beautiful. Life is difficult. Life is wonderful." Kate DiCamillo Introduction: A student and loyal reader of this blog recently asked “What …

Dopamine Agonist Withdrawal Syndrome (DAWS) in Parkinson’s

"Some remedies are worse than the disease." Publilius Syrus "Each patient carries his own doctor inside him." Norman Cousins Summary: Dopamine agonists are widely used in the treatment of Parkinson's, especially as a first-line therapy. Some patients on a dopamine agonist experience side-effects that require either tapering or discontinuation of the drug.  First described in …

64 Quotes on Persistence to Help Your Journey With Parkinson’s Disease

“Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it!” Winston Churchill "Energy and persistence conquer all things." Benjamin Franklin Introduction: On January 1, LinkedIn announced that I had a work anniversary of 32 years at The University North Carolina at Chapel Hill ( if you include my postdoc at UNC-CH, this is a grand …

7 Tips and Healthy Habits for Working with Parkinson’s

"Nothing will work unless you do." Maya Angelou "The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today." Elbert Hubbard Précis: Over the past eight weeks, some loyal readers and several friends have asked me: "Is everything  okay?"; "Has my health taken a downturn?"; "Have you stopped writing your blog?"; "I have …

Effect of Forgiveness on Health

"When you forgive, you in no way change the past - but you sure do change the future."  Bernard Meltzer "The first step in forgiveness is the willingness to forgive." Marianne Williamson Précis: Recently had a friend go through a difficult break-up from a marriage. The notion of getting past the failed relationship, achieving forgiveness, …

Parkinson’s Disease Research: A Commentary from the Stands and the Playing Field

"You can have a very bad end with Parkinson's, but on the other hand, you can be like me, because I'm lucky. I'm not having a bad end." Margo MacDonald "My age makes me think how valuable life is. How bad is something like Parkinson's in relation to not having life at all?" Michael J. …