Fighting Parkinson’s, and the final day of the 30-day challenge 2014

This month, I have been making a big push with my November to Remember, No Excuses November, 30-day challenge 2014 to do a modified version of the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® for 30 days. As we enter the final day, I have been happy to hear back from people on how they are doing. Many people have commented to me or emailed me over the last couple of days that when they saw family and friends who they had not seen for a while during the Thanksgiving holiday, that the people told them how much better they looked or how much healthier they looked. This is very good! So, you wonder, what’s next?

To read “what’s next,” you will have to come back to this website and blog tomorrow. You see, there is still one more day to finish the challenge. You made a commitment to do the scaled-down version of the Recipe for 30 days, and today is day 30. What’s next is eons away. What’s next is some future that does not exist in the present. What’s next is your Adrenaline-mode mind fearfully pulling you away from “what’s now,” in this moment, as if what you are doing now lacks significance. What you need to realize is that what is important is “what you are doing NOW!” It is what is real and genuine in your life RIGHT NOW!!!

If what you are doing now is the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®, then what you are doing now is curing yourself from Parkinson’s Disease. If what you are doing now is still thinking about whether or not to accept the 30-day challenge issued 29 days ago, then what you are doing now is not curing yourself from Parkinson’s Disease. Instead, what you are doing now is engaging in the same Adrenaline-mode mind thinking and over-thinking that assisted your Parkinson’s symptoms come to the surface as diagnosable symptoms in the first place…ultimately, this leads you to getting worse.

On any given day, any given person can wake up and say, “Today will be different. Today will be the day I decide to do something different.” It is a choice.

Why not be that given person? Why not make that day today? Why not say, “I accept the challenge. Today, I choose to accept the challenge to do the scaled-down version of the Recipe for one day. That right, one day! I am making a commitment to myself to do the scaled-down version of the Recipe today!!!”

And, what about tomorrow? We’ll talk about that tomorrow. See you then.

You are worth it!!!

All my best,


NOTE: Next Saturday, December 6th, will be my workshop in Seattle. To learn more, and for registration, please click here.


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8 Responses to Fighting Parkinson’s, and the final day of the 30-day challenge 2014

  1. ken says:

    I’ve been doing the recipe for some time now and have always put off the grateful list. I thought I would have trouble doing one day let alone thirty. I’m here to tell you that I have completed the list with over 300 things that I am truly grateful for ranging from the wacky such as being able to use my chainsaw to the more traditional such as my family unyielding love. But there is one thing that is missing from the list and that is Parkinson’s. Others have said how thankful they are for getting the disease because they can work on parts of there life that’s needs improvement etc. but I’m not there,this Parkinson’s demon has taken so much from me (especially socially) that I am not grateful for it. Maybe it will come when I am Recovery.
    If I can let go of my attachment to pd and not think about it all the time it can go away, I know that.
    When I have a bad day I think of one of my favourite Howard quotes and it goes something like this – as long as you are doing the recipe everything is Progress.

  2. Susana L says:

    Yesterday was the 1st day of my 6th month since I began Recovering. I do the the Full Recipe everyday. I am better every day. I made a list of the improvements of many of my symptoms. I am witnessing my symptoms melt away. I am beyond grateful to Howard. In reality, I am grateful for the opportunity the Parkinson’s has given me to change my behavior, my vision, and my life. My daughter told me yesterday that when she came here to visit for a few days to help me out this month, she learned compassion from me!! That was uplifting, elevating – truly gratifying. I am grateful to read all the words posted by people following Howard’s sage advice. I learn from your experiences each day. I continue to absorb the wisdom to heal myself. Please treat yourself to the Recipe. You will heal. With love to you all for the goodness you share on these pages.

  3. Joseph McEleavy says:

    I realized today that I’ve been doing the recipe for almost 2 years, I printed out my handbook 12/3/12, I know that I have come a long way since then. I also decided to rededicate myself to my recovery in December. I Dedicate December to my Recovery. I will match Howard’s Faith in my ability to Recover. I will match Howard’s intensity in Action, Faith and Healing. Because I sincerely Believe that with Every sincere Prayer, Intention, Thought, Word, Action and Deed there is Healing! Let’s Dedicate December to our Recovery!!! I love you all!!

  4. mayarita says:

    Brilliant! Today after a physically terrible day I did some of the recipe before going to bed. It is the only thing that gives me hope. I find it so hard to find the time to do it with my small child, 6 today! But no more excuses!
    Love to all.

    • Christine says:

      Keep up the good work Mayarita.I think of you often …how brave you are with your small child.You will recover!

    • Susana L says:

      Dear Mayarita,
      It must be so difficult with a small child. How brave and courageous you are! Be committed to doing the Recipe and your young one will learn from your commitment as well. You are giving a gift to them.

      You are on your way to Recovery!! Big hugs to you!

      • mayarita says:

        Thank-you Christine and Susana L for encouraging me, that is so kind of you Xxx I have to find a way to find time, sometimes I even get out of bed when I can’t sleep and do a little. When I was doing the recipe every day I felt much better so I must!
        Strength and courage to you all- we are all in this together.Xxx

  5. Melanie says:

    I have been doing the full recipe for 1 1/2 years and hit and miss a year prior to that time but when I retired and had more time. One of my favorite Howard quotes is “Heal the soul and the mind and body will follow”. I have been working hard on myself and feel I have finally healed my soul. I am making progress on the mind part but still have work to do. I have noticed a direct relationship between my thoughts and my symptoms and when my thoughts are optimistic, my symptoms lighten up. I look forward to when I am able to write Howard an email, telling him that I am finally symptom free! I visualize it as well. I know the day will come. Thank you Howard for all you do!!!!! Melanie

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