You each are the expert of our own Parkinson’s. You know your individual Parkinson’s better than anybody. You are the ones living in your Parkinson’s body, thinking with your Parkinson’s mind, and feeling with your Parkinson’s soul. So, if you are the experts of your own Parkinson’s, why are you unconditionally and unquestionably following the advice of people who never have lived in a Parkinson’s body or thought with a Parkinson’s mind or felt with a Parkinson’s soul or ever assisted a single person reverse their Parkinson’s? There is only so much they can tell you, and their story begins with, “Once upon a time, you got this disease that has no cure….” It doesn’t have to be this way! Trust in yourself! Take control of your life!
Lori Reimuller did not believe it had to be that way for her son, Robbie, who had epilepsy. Their story is chronicled in the movie “…First Do No Harm.” Here is the synopsis posted on the Internet Movie Database Website:
“When Lori Reimuller learns that her young son Robbie has epilepsy, she first trusts the judgment of the hospital staff in how best to bring it under control. As Robbie’s health slides radically downhill, however, she becomes frustrated and desperate, and so does her own research into the existing literature on treatments. When she decides to try an alternative treatment called the Ketogenic Diet, devised long ago by a doctor from Johns Hopkins, she is met with narrow-minded resistance from Robbie’s doctor, who is prepared to take legal action to prevent Lori from removing him from the hospital. This movie is an indictment of those in the medical profession who discuss only the treatment options they favor. Several of the minor characters are portrayed by people who have been not just helped, but cured by the Ketogenic diet.”
If Temple Grandin’s mother would have followed the advice of the doctors who diagnosed the non-talking 4-year-old with Autism, Temple would have been institutionalized for life. Temple’s mother decided to follow a different path for her daughter. Instead of being institutionalized for life, Temple earned her undergraduate degree, Master’s degree, and PhD, revolutionized parts of the cattle industry, and is a spokesperson and advocate for how to deal with Autism. Her story is chronicled in the movie, “Temple Grandin.” Here is the synopsis posted on the Internet Movie Database Website:
“Biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who overcame the limitations imposed on her by her condition to become an expert in the field of animal husbandry. She developed an interest in cattle early in life while spending time at her Aunt and Uncle’s ranch. She did not speak until age four and had difficulty right through high school, mostly in dealing with people. Her mother was very supportive as were some of her teachers. She is noted for creating her ‘hug box’, widely recognized today as a way of relieving stress and her humane design for the treatment of cattle in processing plants, even winning an award from PETA. Today, she is a professor at Colorado State University.”
These two movies come with my highest recommendation. They are true stories of children faced with treatment options for their diseases that had no happy endings at all. In each child’s situation, their mother stepped forward and said, “It doesn’t have to be this way!” They walked the path less traveled, they faced the scorn of those who wanted them to follow the conventional route, they were all alone in their quest for a different outcome than the outcome put forth by the professionals. Along the way, they met others who saw their spark, who understood their plight, and who helped them keep the courage of their convictions in staying on their path…AND THEY ENDED UP WITH HAPPY ENDINGS…HAPPY ENDINGS THAT THE PROFESSIONALS TOLD THEM WERE IMPOSSIBLE TO ACHIEVE!!!
Beyond these stories, we have Richie Parker, whose video we all have watched on my previous post, Fighting Parkinson’s, and doing what you can do. And, last weekend, Sally and watched the movie The Intouchables. It is a true story about a quadriplegic who hires a former criminal from the French projects to be his caretaker — both men reach levels in life nobody could have expected when looking at where they started.
The one thing all of these people from all of these true life stories have in common is that you sense that the phrases, “I can’t” and “This is not possible” were removed from their journeys at the beginning of each of their journeys to a happy and joyful life.
Instead, I would imagine those phrases were replaced by “I will” and “This is possible.”
So, I ask each of you to look deep inside yourself and feel it, and then say it out loud:
I will recover! This is possible!
I AM WORTH IT!!!
Are you ready to take control of your life and your Parkinson’s? Are you ready to walk the path less traveled? Are you ready to maintain the courage of your convictions and fight Parkinson’s on a path to recovery? ARE YOU READY TO GO DOWN A PATH THAT CAN RESULT IN A HAPPY ENDING…A HAPPY ENDING THAT THE PROFESSIONALS TELL YOU IS IMPOSSIBLE TO ACHIEVE!
If we all go down the path together, we are not alone. We will have strength in our numbers and encouragement for each other.
You are worth it!
All my best,