On September 21, 2009, while sitting at my computer much like I am today, I noticed something that changed my life — tremors…internal tremors. I sat very still with my arms resting on the arms of the chair and stared at my arms. Nothing. No visible external tremors. However, inside, I was shaking. I popped open Google, did my “internal tremor” search, and everything said Parkinson’s Disease. Of course, knowing that was not my problem, I decided to wait until the following day to see if they would go away. Silly me.
The following day was worse, and after much research that day, denial was no longer an option. That night, I broke the news to Sally, and our journey to fight Parkinson’s without medications began. Six months later, I started this blog. Here is an excerpt of what was on my mind on March 25, 2010:
“I am doing my best to fight this drug free. Admittedly, my movements are slow, my balance is not good, I have regular nagging pain, and I tire much more easily than before. However, I have decided to listen to these messages my body is sending me and work toward a long-term solution from a holistic perspective. I am interested in sharing my experiences to help others and I am interested in hearing others’ experiences to help me and anybody else who reads this blog.”
So, here we are 18 months later, and my purpose has not changed: “I am interested in sharing my experiences to help others and I am interested in hearing others’ experiences to help me and anybody else who reads this blog.” I am 15 months symptom free, but every day I learn something new about Parkinson’s from your blog comments, emails, phone call, and Skype’s.
My healing journey began with faith in recovery and a simple, but powerful, phrase from Dr. Sha: “I have the power to heal myself.” What has kept me inspired is you, all of you, the true heroes in your own Parkinson’s journeys, the “you” in: “You have the power to heal yourself.” And, as more of you continue commenting on this blog with how you are doing on your recovery journey, all of us become the “we” in: “Together we have the power to heal the world.”
“I have the power to heal myself.” And I did. “You have the power to heal yourself.” And you are. “Together we have the power to heal the world.” This blog regularly is being read in 60 countries, so have no doubt that together we have the power to heal the world.
I am blessed to be walking the path with all of you.
All my best,