I get asked a recurring question: “How do you know your Recipe for Recovery will work for me?” I tell people that I cannot guarantee it will work for them. I remind them it worked for me, and generally, I point them to places on this web site and in this blog where many people have recounted how their symptoms are improving. And, then I tell them that what matters most for them is not how I feel about it, but how they feel about it. If you are to embark down the Parkinson’s recovery path doing the Recipe for Recovery, you have to be confident in yourself, confident in your ability to do the Recipe, and and confident in your ability to stay on the path even when you hit the bumps in the road.
Here are some excerpts of ways I have expressed this point in the past:
I find with Parkinson’s, that we lose a lot of who we are. We cannot walk correctly or eat correctly or write correctly (if at all), or stand correctly or do our daily bodily functions correctly. And, if all of that is not bad enough, we are told we cannot get better…only worse, never better. So, why don’t we throw in the towel? I would imagine if you are reading this blog, you didn’t throw in the towel because somewhere deep inside of you there is a feeling that maybe, just maybe, it doesn’t have to be that way.
The thing is, if you truly believe that it does not have to be that way, then you have to take the responsibility to do the things that will put you on your path to recovery.
As Dr. Sha would say, “If you want to know if a pear is sweet, taste it.” If you want to know if what I did to recover will work for you, why not give it a try.
Maybe, just maybe, you will be able to walk a little better.
Maybe, just maybe, you will be able to get your fork to your mouth a little better.
Maybe, just maybe, you will be able to write a little better.
Maybe, just maybe, you will be able to stand a little better.
Maybe, just maybe, you will be able to have your bodily functions perform a little better.
Maybe, just maybe, as you start to believe in yourself that you have the power to help yourself feel better, you actually will feel a little better.
Maybe, just maybe, when you go to your next doctor’s visit, your doctor will get a confused look on his face and say that you are improving slightly in some areas.
Maybe, just maybe, after your doctor tells you this, you will feel even more inspired that “Yes, I have the power to heal myself.”
Maybe, just maybe, you plant this inspiration deep inside yourself and nurture it so it will grow into you feeling a lot better.
Maybe just maybe, as you are feeling a lot better and continuing to nurture your inspiration that you can get better, you come to the realization that you are getting better.
Maybe, just maybe, this realization that you are getting better becomes infectious and you do get better and recover.
To quote Mary Poppins, “Once begun, it’s half done.” What are you waiting for?
All my best,
I needed to read your blog to help me through my present stater of mind.