Fighting Parkinson’s, and feeling love in our recovery

Yesterday was Sally’s and my 23rd anniversary. We spent most of the day in our back yard continuing to cultivate our gardens. And, yes, we dug deeply for the roots of the weeds and pulled them out…today, my back and legs will attest to that. Earlier today, I was re-reading Dr. Sha’s Soul Communication book, and again came upon the part where he states that love melts all blockages. I wrote about this before, and it turns out it was one day before our anniversary last year. Here it is again.

From “Fighting Parkinson’s, and love conquers all” posted October 15, 2010:

“This morning, I was re-reading Dr. Sha’s Book, Soul Communication, and he states that ‘Love will melt all blockages.’ He references connecting with the Divine and that the Divine’s love for us will melt away the blockages that impede our health. I believe that my earlier blog references to finding your Inner Divine to connect with your Higher Power are right in line with Dr. Sha’s statement.

Then I started thinking about love, and, of course, that brought me around to thinking about Sally.

Here is the entry in my daily Parkinson’s journal from one year ago today:

’10/15/09. 4:00 up and at ‘em, ha, ha. Started the day by dropping my espresso cup on the kitchen floor. Tile is very unforgiving. Oh well, I need to pay more attention to what I am doing. Today is the last day of the 20th year that Sally and I have been married. This last month is something we never could have foreseen. However, every day, I love Sally more than the day before. She is my one constant in this ever-changing world. She does everything for me. Tomorrow, I will look at her and wish her happy anniversary and wish there was more I could do for her.’

Sally, it took me nine months, but I got better for you, and for us. Thank you for being strong when I had no strength left.

Love does conquer all. For those of you fighting Parkinson’s, please do not try to do this alone. If you do not have somebody close to help you, please reach out to someone in a support group, or a house of worship, or please send me a note and I will do my best to help you. I was blessed beyond comprehension by my Higher Power and by Sally in my fight against Parkinson’s, and I will help others in any way I can.

As Dr. Sha would say: ‘I have the power to heal myself. You have the power to heal yourself. Together we have the power to heal the world.'”

It is a year later and I feel the same way. On the days I thought I was at the end of my rope, I gathered strength from Sally, and I fought Parkinson’s for Sally and our children. Dr. Sha is correct, love will melt all blockages.

Connect to love, connect to the Divine (God, your Higher Power, the Greater Consciousness), and connect to somebody who you love so much that on the rough days, you find the strength in your love to keep fighting for them. And win the fight! Aren’t you worth it?

All my best,



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8 Responses to Fighting Parkinson’s, and feeling love in our recovery

  1. Teri Rye says:

    Thanks for the reminder: “connect to somebody who you love so much that on the rough days, you find the strength in your love to keep fighting for them”. I have a wonderful husband and 2 sons. I love them so much! They are my rock. I will fight for them!

    • Howard says:

      Wonderful, Teri. And congratulations on be drug free. You inspire us all and you inspired this morning’s blog post.

  2. James Lignori says:

    Dear Howard,

    My wife and I are about to celebrate our 20th anniversary, and we have been
    encouraged by you and Sally, as we move forward in our recovery from my Parkinson’s diagnosis. Happy anniversary and thank you for the very humble and human variety of motivation which you share.

    • Howard says:

      Hi James. You are welcome. Happy Anniversary to you and your wife as well. I am pleased that you find encouragement from Sally and me, and that you are on your path toward recovery.

  3. Leontina says:

    Buna Howard,da-mi te rog voie sa-i scriu un mesaj lui Sally,de mult vreau acest lucru.sper sa ma ierte daca deranjez eu sunt… bolnava[ ce scuza].Draga Sally daca ai fi la mine in tara ti=as timite un buchet mare de flori de camp, un tort de ciocolata si o sampanie.Esti la fel ca sotul meu frumoasa si buna.Cu admiratie Leo

    • Howard says:

      Leo’s translation:

      Hi Howard, please give me permission to write message to Sally, I much want this. I hope you forgive me if I am … a bother [the apology]. Dear Sally if you were in my country I would send you a large bouquet of wild flowers, a chocolate cake and champagne. You’re like my husband nice and good. With admiration Leo

      Hi Leo. You are not a bother at all and I am moved that you wanted to send a note directly to Sally. I showed Sally your message, and here is what she told me to let you know. First she said to thank you for what you wrote. Second, she said if you were in her country, she would invite you to our home to enjoy the flowers, chocolate cake and champagne with her.
      Blessings from us both,

  4. Congratulations, Howard and Sally!… you certainly inspire me, you two. My hubby Ray has been my rock of support for many years. I agree with you that love is the root of all healing and all life-giving action…now it’s up to me to live that particular knowing…. some days are easier than others – on those not-so-easy days, it’s particularly wonderful to have the loving support of another human being….

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