On May 22, 2012, three years ago today, I posted, Fighting Parkinson’s, and Pratima is symptom free from Stage 4 Parkinson’s. As Pratima has commented in blog posts since then, like me, and like Marie before her, and like Betty after her, she no longer does the Recipe and her symptoms have not returned. Also, like me, and like Marie before her, and like Betty after her, Pratima is cured of Parkinson’s. Congratulations Pratima!
In my post earlier this week, I wrote about being vulnerable in your recovery. Click here, and please take a moment to read that post and the comments posted below it. Doing this will be beneficial to your recovery.
Pratima exhibited strength and courage when she decided she wanted to fight Parkinson’s. However, when one is at Stage 4 advanced Parkinson’s, bed-bound and wheelchair-bound, one does not have the ability to endeavor on such a journey without personal assistance…not just coaching…but personal assistance in the form of her daughter Bhavna. In wanting to recover from Parkinson’s, Pratima had to surrender her ego and be vulnerable every step of the way.
She does not speak English, and I do not speak Hindi. Pratima had to utilize her daughter Bhavna for communicating with me. It is one thing to be vulnerable with a spouse or a friend or me as your friend and/or Parkinson’s coach, but it is an entirely different thing to exhibit complete vulnerability in front of your grown child.
How vulnerable are you when you are willing to have your daughter move you through the physical Qigong exercises?
How vulnerable are you when you discuss with your daughter the intricacies of bathroom visits so your daughter could get advice from me?
How vulnerable are you when discuss with your daughter your aches and pains and fears and doubts so she could get advice from me?
How vulnerable are you when discuss with your daughter your wavering faith from time to time so she could get advice from me?
I think you get the point. In order for Pratima to receive from me the coaching she would need in her recovery, she had to bare her soul to her daughter Bhavna. That is the epitome of vulnerability. I am honored to have served such a courageous, and vulnerable, woman.
So, you do not have to take my word for it about vulnerability being critical in your recovery — you can take it from Pratima’s example.
Congratulations Pratima on being three years symptom free from Parkinson’s.
To the rest of you: You can do this, too!
You are worth it!!!
All my best,