A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a man named Ken and a woman named Sadie from The Palms of Largo in Largo, Florida, which is about 35 minutes from my home in Tampa. They asked if I would speak to a group of people with Parkinson’s at a lunch-and-learn on April 3rd. Earlier today, I drove over and spoke with the group, and it was wonderful!
You may ask yourself what I, a person who never took Parkinson’s medications, would have in common with a room full of people taking Parkinson’s medications. The answer is simple…everything. Just as we often discuss the connection of our community on this blog, there was an instant connection today.
After sharing my recovery story, though, much of my focus was on the Recipe for Recovery and the comments so many of you have posted, those not taking medications, but particularly those who are or were taking medications. And when I was able to explain how so many of you have posted about getting off of medications, or reducing medications, or using the Recipe to prevent having to increase medications, the connection was fantastic.
So, thank you to all of you who are working so hard on your recovery, and working so hard doing the Recipe for Recovery. You helped me look at a room full of people with Parkinson’s today and let them know they are not alone and there is hope…true hope to improve their condition.
I am grateful to all of you as you assisted me in inspiring another group of Parkinson’s sufferer’s. Just by doing what you are doing and telling your stories, you have helped other people with Parkinson’s. I hope this will help you feel good about yourselves and what you are doing because I can tell you that your hard work and results made a big impact on the wonderful people I met today.
“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.” You helped me take another big step in that direction today, so please applaud yourselves!
So, the next time you are questioning whether you are deserving or worth it, know that you inspired a room full of people with Parkinson’s to forge ahead with their recovery. Yes, you are worth it!
All my best,