As you know, on Saturday, January 26, 2013, I had my second workshop in taking my Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery™ on the road. This first venue of 2013 was Atlanta, GA, and the day was absolutely amazing! Imagine: 16 of us, some with Parkinson’s, some of their spouses and partners and friends, some from Georgia, some from South Carolina, some from Texas and some from Florida, all in one place with one purpose…Parkinson’s recovery.
The room was alive with Parkinson’s recovery. We shared stories and ideas, and one sad, but true, thing surfaced: when you are taking the “I want to recover” approach to Parkinson’s, or the “I do not want to take medications” approach to Parkinson’s, or the “I want to eliminate the medications I am taking” approach to Parkinson’s, there is not a support group to support you. This is one of the reasons I am taking the Recipe on the road — when we get together and bond in a day of recovery, we become our own support group.
There was a moment like that at this workshop…it was magical. It was the moment when you could feel the change in the room as everybody there had a simultaneous realization: “I am not alone. This is my support group.” It was a group healing of everybody in the room. And their support of each other will continue with the exchange phone numbers and email addresses.
We did not have somebody outside of the workshop to take a picture. I am presenting two pictures so everybody, including the picture-taker of each picture, can be shown here.
The Atlanta group was a group of people not afraid of their Parkinson’s. The Atlanta group inspired me. They were people filled with courage and hope and faith and spirituality and gratitude and love and compassion. And, now, they knew they were not alone.
On my drive back to Tampa, I was reflecting on the workshop and I put an old cd into the player to keep me company. One song I had not listened to in ages began, “All the places I’ve been, make it hard to begin, to enjoy life again on the inside, but I mean to.” It hit me like a wave and I got teary. When the places you’ve been are fear and worry and anger and frustration and resentment and stress and anxiety, it’s hard to begin to enjoy life again on the inside with love and joy and happiness and compassion and gratitude. However, you need to. It is part of your Parkinson’s recovery.
The people in Atlanta felt it, and then they knew it. Please take inspiration from this group and feel it, and then know it…on the inside.
You are worth it!
All my best,