Isradipine: Shutting the Door on Calcium Channels to Slow the Progression of Parkinson’s

"The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof." Barbara Kingsolver Doors Opening and Closing, an Analogy for Calcium Channels:  Carrie Newcomer sings …

Imagine Yourself Then, Imagine Yourself Now With Parkinson’s

"Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” Winston S. Churchill Imagine yourself then, imagine yourself now. What are the differences? I …

Physicians in the Constellation of Care

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”  Edward Everett Hale “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” Karen Lamb Constellation of Care: In …

Parkinson’s Awareness Month

"The cures we want aren’t going to fall from the sky. We have to get ladders and climb up and get them." Michael J. Fox Can you and I make a difference during Parkinson's Awareness Month (designated for April)? This blog posting is simply to serve as a brief overview of Parkinson's, a description of …

Dopamine: A Symbol of Hope

"As I ate breakfast one morning, I overheard two oncologists conversing. One complained bitterly, 'You know, Bob, I just don't understand it, We used the same schedule and the same dosage, and the same entry criteria. Yet I got a 22 percent response rate and you got a 74 percent. That's unheard of for metastatic …

Parkinson mPower iPhone Application: Tracking Symptoms in Real Time

"Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith." Steve Jobs Parkinson mPower iPhone App: Do you think a smartphone app that measures several symptoms in Parkinson's would be helpful (personally)? Do you want to be part of an international study to monitor symptoms/progression of Parkinson's? Are you willing to give feedback/suggestions …

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in Parkinson’s

"The secret is here in the present. If you pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it. And, if you improve on the present, what comes later will also be better." Paulo Coelho In a recent post, I listed the various types of therapy being used to treat my Parkinson's.  Importantly, I believe …

Parkinson’s Disease- What the Words Represent

"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring There are many ways to describe and relate to Parkinson's. Here is one viewpoint. An acronym that I use to describe “PARKINSON’S” is: Positive and hopeful, Attitude matters, Responsibility to keep trying, …

Parkinson’s: Dazed and Confused

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand."  Randy Pausch The good news is that my diagnosis explains all of the health issues I've had for the past three years. The bad news is that I've been diagnosed with Parkinson's.  If you don't know anything about Parkinson's, go to …

Parkinson’s Puzzle

Parkinson’s is truly a puzzling disorder.If ten of us had the flu, we would all have similar, if not identical, symptoms. Ten of us with Parkinson’s, likely all would have different symptoms expressed. Every person with Parkinson's will experience symptoms differently. Parkinson’s is truly a disabling disorder. Yet, there are many strategies for managing our …