Fighting Parkinson’s, and believing in yourself

About a week ago, I issued a November to Remember, No Excuses November, 30-day challenge to help get you on the path toward recovery. As encouragement, last week I also posted blog comments of how well people were doing with the Recipe for Recovery, and yesterday, I provided a pep talk because I know this can be hard work. The long and short of it is that you have the power to write your own story. I have provided my success story as guidance and as a framework with which to help you write your story, and I have provided one-on-one coaching for those of you who wish, but please keep in mind that each of you is the hero in your own recovery story. Believe in yourself!

They say Parkinson’s recovery is impossible. I have been symptom free for 17 months. I have accomplished the impossible.
They say after a short while with Parkinson’s, it is impossible to not be on Parkinson’s medications. Many of you have had Parkinson’s 5 years or longer and have never taken Parkinson’s medications. You have accomplished the impossible.
They say that once on Parkinson’s medications, it is impossible to get off of them. Many of you have completely gotten off of Parkinson’s medications. You have accomplished the impossible.
They say it is impossible to reverse Parkinson’s symptoms. Many of you, even those on medications, are reversing your Parkinson’s symptoms. You have accomplished the impossible.

To these experts, all I have to say is this:

Isn’t everything impossible until someone dares to imagine it happening and then makes it happen?

I am really happy to be walking with all of you on this path toward Parkinson’s recovery. I am thrilled with the amount of people who have let me know they are seriously undertaking my 30-day challenge.

For those of you still on the fence, there are 22 days left in the 30-day challenge. Why not do the Recipe for Recovery as outlined in the 30-day challenge for the remaining 22 days of the challenge. What have you got to lose?

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.

Since you are the heroes in your own recovery stories, why not be superheroes and do the impossible? Why not get on your path to Parkinson’s recovery and not get off until you are fully recovered? If you haven’t already started, why not start today? What are you waiting for? Aren’t you worth it?

All my best,



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12 Responses to Fighting Parkinson’s, and believing in yourself

  1. Dear Howard

    Maybe just maybe I’ll stay on this path until I recover….uh-uh…. Absolutely, ABSOLUTELY, I’ll stay on this path until I recover! I notice I feel excitement as I share this…..

    With gratitude for your guidance and ongoing support


    • Howard says:

      Hi Penny,

      You are welcome. I have no doubt about your resolve to see your recovery through to the end! Thanks for sharing.


  2. Leontina says:

    buna Howard,da-mi te rog voie sa scriu celor care sant pe medicamente si descurajati de multe incercari de reducere sau renuntare,Eu de 5 ani ma lupt sa ies de sub teroarea medicamentelor si abia acum am reusit 12 zile,dar nu asta e important ci faptul ca nu am crescut doza si am putin din otrava lor in corp,iar efectele secundare sunt minime.Daca nu voi putea renunta ,voi fi multumita ca am o sansa de a nu se agrava boala din cauza dopajului cu medicamente.Faceti reteta lui Hovard si veti vedea ca dispare rigiditatea din corp si apare o stare de bine.Eu nu fac corect exercitiile ca nu pot intotdeauna dar ma straduiesc [daca m-ati vedea ati rade ce caraghioasa sunt]rezultatul e uimitor.Spatele drept,gura la urechi Leo

  3. Howard says:

    Leo’s translation:

    Good Howard, please give me permission to write to those who are on medication and discouraged by many attempts to reduce or quit. 5 years I struggled to get out of drugs and terror, and only now I managed 12 days, but that’s not important. I am taking a slight dose of poison [drugs] and the side effects to my body are minimal. If I could explain, I will be pleased to have a chance not to aggravate the disease due to doping with drugs. Do Howard’s recipe and you will see that the rigidity of the body disappears and what appears is well being. I do the best I can on the exercises, but always I try [if I see you laugh how funny it is] but the result is amazing. Back straight, mouth to ear. Leo

    Hi Leo,

    Every day you are doing the recipe is a day you are healing and a day that you tell your Parkinson’s, “I am Leo and I have the power to heal myself.” You get stronger and Parkinson’s gets weaker. You are on your path to recovery.


  4. Teri Rye says:

    I echo Penny’s thoughts: ” Absolutely, ABSOLUTELY, I’ll stay on this path until I recover! ” No turning back! My pool is a virtual cesspool now, full of pollutants. But still, I persevere and continue to “scrape the sides of all the algae”! It’s not pretty, but I’m determined to rid myself of this disease! Thank you, Leo, for your encouragement today. And thank you, Howard, for your continued encouragement and instruction! I am on the road to recovery…

  5. Marie says:

    I accepted an internal 30-day challenge from myself when I discovered
    fightingparkinsonsdrugfree almost a year ago. And that was just the beginning. I made a promise to myself that I would do whatever was necessary and change my life in whatever ways would support recovery, if it was really possible to have my condition improve rather than degenerate. As Howard so often says, ” What did I have to lose?” I trusted Howard as my guide, and the bearer of good news that penetrated the bleakness of my fear and despair . I put my faith in my power to heal myself. The Recipe for Recovery was my lifeline. AND it is why I can happily and gratefully report to you today that the reason I am not accepting this challenge now is that I am symptom free! YES! Symptom Free!!!
    Cheering you all on as you courageously overcome the disease. I am a happy example of the success of the Recipe for Recovery.
    With love to you all~ Marie

  6. Leontina says:

    Ce veste mare si bucurie in suflet ne aduci Marie acum aproape de Craciun,ai primit o viata noua bucurate de ea de acum inainte Eu sunt la jumatatea muntelui,mai am de urcat.Aplauze pentru Marie.Inbratisari de la Leo

  7. Howard says:

    Leo’s translation:

    What great news, and you bring great joy in my heart now close to Christmas. You got a new life now, enjoy it. I am still in the middle of the mountain, I have to climb. Applause for Marie. Hugs from Leo

  8. Howard says:

    Oh my Marie! I am speechless. I am overwhelmed. The words, “I am symptom free! YES! Symptom Free!!!” sound so sweet coming out of somebody else’s mouth. I know how hard you have worked at the Recipe and many times you have commented on the blog about the ups and downs of this recovery journey. Congratulations doesn’t seem to cover it. Marie, you knew you had the power to heal yourself…and you did. WOW!!!
    With gratitude and love,

  9. Nancy Thomas says:

    Oh, Marie, that is so wonderful. My heart just sings for you.

  10. Angela DiNardo says:

    My heart just now sings for me, for all of us , stuck no longer in the murkiness of this dis-ease. Scrape away, bring the murkiness into the flow of clarity and watch, no feel , how clean the water flows ….:-) XX OO to one and all

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