Fighting Parkinson’s, and another PD’er gets off of medications

This is an exciting morning. I turned on my computer and there are many comments written on the blog posts. It is refreshing to see how many people are following the Recipe for Recovery and are sharing their success stories and helping each other. One comment, though, struck me because it came from Teri Rye who recently informed us that her goal of being completely off of her medications was the end of October. Here is what she wrote:

“Teri Rye says:
October 17, 2011 at 5:19 pm
Hooray, Leo! I’m excited that you were able to have a vacation without pills! I took my last Mirapex last Saturday and I’m still functioning! Imagine that! Faith and a positive attitude make this battle easier…and a SMILE! I am smiling with you, Leo! We WILL recover!

Congratulations Teri! How powerful is this: “I took my last Mirapex last Saturday and I’m still functioning.” Also, the way Teri delivered her wonderful news was in a congratulatory note to Leo, cheering on Leo for having had the courage to leave her pills at home and take a vacation. Congratulations Leo!

And Teri finishes her note to Leo with, “I am smiling with you, Leo! We WILL recover!”

No doubt about that!!!

All my best,



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11 Responses to Fighting Parkinson’s, and another PD’er gets off of medications

  1. Teri Rye says:

    Thank you for the encouragement, Howard! Isn’t it amazing how healing words can be? You and the others in this community are such a blessing to me! We can do this together! And YES, we are worth it!
    Stay the course, all!

  2. Barry says:

    YEAH Teri and Leo!

    I went off my PD Drug (Azilect) in July, with no side effects and no increase in PD symptoms. I also went off my Cholesterol Meds at about the same time I went on whole-foods, vegan diet. Howard: thanks for pointing the way.

    For others in a discernment mode: come on in, the water is FINE.

    Barry Heermann

  3. Congratulations Teri, Leo and Barry….I’m really celebrating your courage! I made a choice many years ago to live without PD meds…I’m glad I did and now, with Howard’s support and the support derived from all of you, I’m working on recovery. What a wonderful community we are building together! It’s so much fun to cheer each other along the way and celebrate these significant victories.

  4. meredith says:

    Hi to all – I would like to chime in, and say that you guys (as well as Howard and Sally) have continued to inspire me. I am getting close to saying good -bye to Sinemet forever, and am wrestling with the demons of withdrawal. Your stories help to keep me hanging on, despite FEARS and pain. It is good to remember how inebted we all are to our loved ones, too, because they are our anchors in this storm, and yet they get scared, too. Here’s to all the “rock solid” spouses in our lives, and to all of you!

  5. Howard says:

    Hi All. I need to jump in here on the cheer leading squad. I am so pleased to see how well all of you are doing. Sometimes we lose sight of who are the real heroes in these stories — the heroes are you, each and every one of you, and each and every one of those who have Parkinson’s and are fighting it. The coach may put together the plan and individualize it per person, but the people themselves are the ones who have to do the work for the plan to be a success. I offer a world of gratitude to those of you who are following the Recipe and getting better…together we have the power to heal the world. Thank you.

  6. Nancy says:

    Congrats all! I’m also just over a week post-Rx and it sure feels sweet. I often think of y’all when I’m doing my qigong and think how much good energy we are releasing into the universe and to each other, and what a special family of souls we are become.

  7. Teri Rye says:

    Awesome, Nancy! Keep up the good work! You inspire us all to stay the course no matter how much pain or difficulty we experience! It helps just knowing there are others out there working towards recovery. And we WILL recover, no doubt about it!

  8. Angel says:

    Dear Howard,

    How very generous of you to give us hope and an answer to our despair. I’m just a year post PD diagnosis. The reality of meds and disability the rest of my life was not something I could wrap my brain around. With an extremely sensitive stomach pills in all manner are a stressor. Last Friday, after six months of Azilect and then the past three weeks of Carbidopamine. my stomach was screaming “Stop,” so I did. The next day I found your miraculouse site and the most wonderful calm came over my being to give me hope. Now meds and disability are a past fear. I have started your therapy and am very enthusiastic for the possibilities. Thank you for loving us so much. I live in Dayton, Ohio and look forward to meeting you at your Recovery seminar in June in Cincinnati. You are in my prayers of gratitude.

    • Howard says:

      Hi Angel,

      You are welcome. Thank you for sharing your story. It takes courage to do what you are doing and to post a comment. I am happy you found my site, and as you can see, there are many others traveling down this path toward recovery. We are a loving group and so pleased you are here with us. I look forward to meeting you in June in Cincinnati as well!



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