Fighting Parkinson’s, and your attitude about your cure

I began this year talking about faith, Fighting Parkinson’s, and 2014…the year of faith! In the past, I have written about this recovery formula being faith, attitude, action, progress. Today, we step forward from faith and look at attitude. What is your attitude about your cure?

Your attitude about curing yourself from Parkinson’s is every bit as important as your faith that you will be cured. Actually, faith, attitude, action, progress is a formula that heads in the direction of being cured or heads in the completely opposite direction. Here is how it works:

If you have faith you will be cured, then you have a “can do” attitude about your life and your recovery. With a “can do” attitude, the sky is the limit. Plus, with a “can do” attitude, you are more likely to put up with the unpleasantness of the recovery process because you want to achieve your goal of being cured and you know you can do it. With this type of “can do” attitude, you set into action the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® and you make progress every day toward curing yourself from Parkinson’s. This is the faith, attitude, action, progress formula to being cured.

If, on the other hand, you lack faith, then you have a “not so sure this is working” attitude about you life and your recovery. With a “not so sure this is working” attitude you are less likely to put up with the unpleasantness of the recovery process because you lack faith in you being cured and you lack conviction in your attitude…you do not know you can do it. With this type of “not so sure this is working” attitude, you do not set into action what it will take to be cured, and you make very little, if any progress.

Your attitude is your self-fulfilling prophecy. Why not make it a “can do” attitude as you propel yourself toward your cure.

Here is some additional inspiration. Last week, prior to our coaching call, Bill in Tennessee sent me this quote about attitude. He told me it is framed and hanging in his exercise room, and he gave me permission to share it with all of you. Thank you, Bill!


“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company … a church … a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past … we cannot change the fact that people will act a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude … I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you … we are in charge of our attitudes.”
–Unknown Author

Why not make your attitude a “can do” attitude of being your own cure. YOU CAN DO IT!

You are worth it!!!

All my best,



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25 Responses to Fighting Parkinson’s, and your attitude about your cure

  1. nancy thomas says:

    I truly needed this today. Thank you

  2. Melanie says:

    I have been struggling with this a lot lately. Thanks for the pep talk! I really needed that today.

  3. Debbie says:

    I love this ! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Susie says:

    I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at age 49 on January 15, 2013, but I had clearly had symptoms, both internally and externally, for years. At that terrible moment, I understood that the best years of my life were over. I declined my neurologist’s suggestion to start on medication and left his office in a daze, heading for home to somehow break the news to my husband. Once we were past the initial shock and despair, we decided we had to make many changes to get me as healthy as possible to try to slow down what was to come according to everything we had known and read about Parkinson’s. I completely changed my diet and eating habits, began exercising on a mini trampoline and walking 2.5 miles every day. My husband spent countless hours online reading everything he could find on Parkinson’s. Then he found Howard.
    When I began to read Howard’s description of how we get Parkinson’s it was as if he had written about me; he was telling my life’s story. How could he describe me so perfectly? Was this too good to be true? Was there some angle this guy was playing? Are there really people this caring and giving in this world? My answer came on August 24th,2013 when my husband and I drove 2.5 hours to Los Angeles to attend Howard’s Recipe for Recovery workshop. In person, Howard is everything you think he is when you read his posts, and much, much more. He is one of the kindest, most generous, patient, and gifted people I have ever met. Our drive home from LA was full of excitement; we had the cure in our hands in the form of Howard’s recipe.
    Since that day I have been faithfully doing the Recipe for Recovery and I can clearly see that the best years of my life are ahead. My diagnosis was an urgent wake-up call that my life was completely out of balance and I now was being given an opportunity, a gift, to start “me” all over again. I am physically healthier and emotionally happier than I have been in my life. The restless leg syndrome and insomnia I had suffered with for so long is gone; and due to the changes in my diet, particularly by eliminating gluten, I have not used my asthma inhaler in a year. I have lost 40lbs and am back down to my recommended weight for the first time in 20 years, and I am getting better at the way I process my thoughts and am working very hard at “living in the moment”. Even though I still experience the symptoms that lead to my diagnosis, I know I am recovering.
    The reason I have decided to post this now is because I spend most every night, right before bed, reading Howard’s current or past posts and all of your beautiful responses. This has been a great support and comfort for me. It is my hope that anyone who is currently doing — or considering beginning — the Recipe for Recovery will be encouraged by reading my story.

    • linda says:

      Dear Susie,
      what a wonderful testimony to the possibilities of recovering, thank you so much for sharing and thank you again Howard for another inspiring post. Susie, I hope you don’t mind me asking how you healed your insomnia. I have suffered and still do suffer from it and wonder what you did.
      many many thanks again

      • catherina says:

        I use l- tryptophan and l -theanine in afternoon and evening plus melatonin before going to bed works miracles. I have reduced dosages over time

    • Linda says:

      Dear Susie,
      Thank you for sharing your story. As someone who does not have Parkinson’s but who also reads Howard’s blog, your post is very inspiring to me. I am glad we are all here to encourage and support each other. What I love most about your post is the sense that this is truly a loving community and I feel so grateful to play a small part in it.
      All best wishes,

    • Sally Carlson says:

      What a beautiful story!
      Thank you for sharing it, Susie.
      Howard is a real life angel.

    • Debbie says:

      Thanks so much for sharing. Your story made me cry. I am so happy there are such wonderful people in the world. I could relate to so much of what you said. I to suffer from insomnia. I know that as my life becomes balanced it will leave. Thanks for the suggestions. Does anyone else have any good ideas?

      • Wayne A Bergman says:

        If you are having trouble falling asleep; I found a product that works great: “MidNite PM.” It is a herbal supplement, not a drug. It helps relieve minor pain, it is drug free, not habit forming, and makes you sleepy. You can use it along with other medications for sleep. You don’t even need water to take it. It is in the form of a small tablet that you can chew or swallow. I use it often, a find myself rested and wide awake in the morning. I buy it at my local drug store. 28 tablets cost about $10.50

  5. Joe says:

    Thanks Howard! I have been struggling with my attitude, and this sure hit home. It is difficult, but I know that I must keep working on it. We can do it! I would like to see more of us recover soon, and I agree that a positive attitude will get us there.

  6. Sylvia says:

    Attitude is everything and thanks to Susie for your comments, they really helped.
    Today will be great!

  7. Ainsley says:

    I just love the ‘can do’ concept as I see how adopting this attitude helps you to put up with the unpleasant symptoms and then go past them to recovery.
    Thanks so much for this post Howard.

  8. Rita says:

    Susie, thank you so much for sharing your story
    Very much hope, that it would help my husband to believe in himself on the way of Recovery. Also, would appreciate , if you share how you heal your insomnia. ( big problem for my husband )
    Dear Howard, thank you very much for everything, and for building up the community who think alike . As long as we have you as a leader , we will Recover , and hopefully soon.


    thank you Susie for your sharing, it helped me deal with some doubts I was having . Howard is everything you said, I heartily agree and i had the same experience. Today I was told by 2 people with PD at our support group that I had a great attitude and seemed very positive, it was so encouraging. Just when i think it cannot get any better ( support and healing ) it does, Marilyn

  10. catherina says:

    Thank you again for another necessary post. Faith attitude and belief are crucial. But what I find crucial also are your posts and feeling that I am not alone in my healing and other people are feeling or going through similar things as myself. They help me and I can help them. AND YOU KEEEP US GOING THANK YOU

  11. Susie says:

    I suffered with insomnia for a very long time, and I am so sorry this is something you are dealing with, Linda, and for you, Rita, your husband. I sincerely wish I could point to one thing I have done that would give some relief. Along with doing the Recipe and daily exercise, I eat a very simple, healthy, gluten-free, caffeine-free diet, and I drink green juice and lots of water daily. Before my diagnosis, I was not taking care of myself. I was out of balance, caught up in life, raising kids, running a home and small business, knowing something was wrong with me, but not what, and still having to press forward. The changes I made to my life were so immediate and drastic that I experienced a lot of benefits rather quickly, the cure of my insomnia being one of them.
    Wishing you the very best, Susie.

  12. Waseema says:

    Dear Susie,

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful story. I believe that you will recover with Howard’s support. I too have something that I wish to share which is so relevant to today’s post. I was diagnosed in 2012.
    I became a victim and felt trapped. However, gradually I picked myself up and started researching as I do not believe in the concept of treating symptoms without addressing the root cause. As you discovered for yourself, parkinsons is a life out of balance. I found some very interesting websites but the one that really ‘spoke’to me was Howard’s. I found a real sense of community and support here.

    Last year I was introduced to a programme of education called Landmark Worlwide. It has been instrumental in transforming my life. It gives you the tools to look at your attitude and realise that actually we are all able to create a whole new world of possibilitiies and live life to the full. I am no longer a victim and embrace life fully. I have smile on my face and am looking forward to all sorts of exciting adventures ahead of me! This education is available to everyone as they have centres around the world. I would urge everyone to look it up as it could transform your lives too. I did mine in London and if anyone there wishes to speak to me about it I would be happy to talk to you.

    My symptoms have not progressed and in some areas appear to show some improvement. I have created a possibility of health, vitality, joy, self-expression and compassion. I wish for you all to have access to that too. Finally I wish to acknowledge Howard for his generosity in allowing me to share this with you.

    Best wishes


  13. Debbie says:

    Thank you Howard for being you 🙂

  14. mayarita says:

    Like others I too have suffered from bad insomnia. Some simple tips: when you are lying in bed tense and unable to sleep you probably find your mind has swung into a negative doubting spiral round and round. Breathe deeply stop your mind and repeat some of Howards affirmations. The one about giving away fears and worries and the one about adrenaline dopamine work well for me . Turn them into your mind chatter

  15. mayarita says:

    Also a Pompadour preparation of valerian tea with 2 bags before sleeping

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  17. Karen says:

    Thank you Howard and everyone who has posted.
    Some mornings it really helps to be inspired and encouraged by all of
    you, in order to feel I can go through the steps of the Recipe yet another
    day….a phrase arises from my ‘root guru’: “Delight in discipline!”

    And so I close my computer to do just that.

    Wishing each and everyone deep faith and improved attitudes this very day!

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