A Patient’s Tale

"The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease."  William Osler An Educator: I have had the privilege of being a medical school educator since 1987 (28 years).  The work includes lecturing (to a class of 180 students), small group facilitator (36 students), course management/administration, and curriculum development …

How Do You Feel When You Wake Up Each Morning?

"Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain... To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices - today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it."  Kevyn Aucoin "I wake up every morning …

Tremor Tutorial

"No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible."  George Chakiris Start of the Story: Dr. James Parkinson was the first to describe (published in 1817) the condition that now bears his name.  He described Parkinson’s like this: “Involuntary tremulous motion, with lessened muscular power, in parts not in action and even …

Be happy, be healthy, and be lucky

“You may be the only person left who believes in you, but it's enough. It takes just one star to pierce a universe of darkness. Never give up.” Richelle Goodrich Classic Rock Band: "The Who" are on their 50th anniversary tour.  Unlike some of their peers (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and the Beatles), …

Prose to Parkinson’s

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”  Viktor E. Frankl The sky is still blue to me. The sun still shines bright for me. The breeze still blows through my hair. Walking …

Meditation, Yoga, and Exercise in Parkinson’s

“There are moments of frustration in life. You must build good relations to support you in these moments. You must also learn to courage yourself and decide to stay determined in life.”  Lailah Gifty Akita Introduction: Parkinson's is a central nervous system disorder that usually presents with neurodegenerative and movement issues.  In managing Parkinson's, we should work …

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 …