Two years ago today, I started this blog. At the time, I had been doing the Recipe for Recovery for six months, having started it in September of 2009 when I realized I had Parkinson’s. Much has changed in these last two years, but my reason for writing and my message have remained the same.
Here is what had to say on March 25, 2010:
“In November of 2009, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. My mother had Parkinson’s for 24 years before she died, and a couple of months before receiving my official diagnosis, I was pretty much certain I had it.
My mother was not diagnosed with Parkinson’s right away, and she had been put on drug treatments prior to her Parkinson’s diagnosis. She responded well to the initial Parkinson’s medications, and hence received her diagnosis. She fought a long and valiant fight, but in the end, it seemed like the drugs took their toll and played as much a part in her passing as did the disease itself.
I am fortunate to have learned from her experiences and her courage, and I am fortunate that her Parkinson’s specialist is located in my city — he is my Parkinson’s specialist now.
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.
All I can do is share what I am doing…what works and what does not. Everybody who suffers from Parkinson’s suffers in a different way. Obviously, if something I am doing looks like giving a try, let your doctor know what you are thinking about doing. I am not a doctor, and I am not advocating you do anything that you and your doctor have not discussed. My doctor is fantastic and has given me the green light to explore the approaches I will be describing in later posts.
I would not be able to fight this fight if it were not for the love of my wonderful wife and children, as well as my extended family and friends. I have many blessings in this life, and I feel that Parkinson’s is just a roadblock…not an immoveable object.”
I am living proof, “that Parkinson’s is just a roadblock…not an immoveable object.” Of course, in life, generally when we reach a roadblock, we look for an alternative route of travel and off we go to continue our journey.
Not with Parkinson’s.
When we reach the point in life where our road is blocked by Parkinson’s, and we click the button on our GPS for an alternative route, the voice on the GPS says, “Sorry, there are no alternative routes. This is your path in life and you cannot get off. Parkinson’s is blocking the path. However, Parkinson’s is just a roadblock…not an immoveable object.”
When I looked around two years ago, I didn’t see any of you…it was a very lonely feeling to be the only one doing the Recipe for Recovery. When I look around now, I see a community of people doing the Recipe for Recovery and fighting their Parkinson’s; you are not alone! There are 55 people who are doing the Recipe for Recovery who have posted comments on this blog. There are at least an equal amount of people who have sent me emails telling me they are doing the Recipe for Recovery and improving their Parkinson’s. My site statistics say there are thousands of visits to this blog every month.
So, know this: Parkinson’s is just a roadblock…not an immoveable object, and you are not fighting this fight alone. We are fighting this fight together, and we are winning!
“I have the power to heal myself.” And I did.
“You have the power to heal yourself.” Marie did, and you are.
“Together we have the power to heal the world.”
Let’s keep this hope alive!
Aren’t you worth it?
All my best,