Fighting Parkinson’s, and yes you can!

I have written about this recovery formula being faith, attitude, action, progress, cure. Today, we take a deeper 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, cure is a formula that heads in the direction of being cured or heads in the completely opposite direction.

Our friend and fellow recovery warrior, 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

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, cured 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 focused on what you “cannot do” and 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.

Do not limit yourself by focusing on what you cannot do. Focus on what you can do and do it again and again and again. As you are doing what you can do instead of thinking about what you cannot do, your “can do” list will grow as your dopamine flows, and your “cannot do” list will shrink, in part, because you are not feeding it the fuel to grow.

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

Like the “Little Engine that Could” keep telling yourself:
I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!!!

Here is some additional inspiration from that little blue engine who thought she could:

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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18 Responses to Fighting Parkinson’s, and yes you can!

  1. hans says:

    Love that little blue engine!0

  2. judy says:

    Love it!

  3. Penny Wassman says:

    Okay, Howard…can do, can do, can do

  4. Trish in Colorado says:

    well, i really did it this time. i was home alone and lost my balance which i have none. i grabbed the kitchen counter to keep from falling and heard something pop in my shoulder. turns out i cracked my humerus, which isn’t very humorous. tom was home in minutes and called 911. we live one block from the police department and immediately had three cop cars, an ambulance, 3 cops, 2 paramedics, and a partridge in a pear tree. i couldn’t move my arm and tom couldn’t hold me up to get me to the car. the paramedics got me into our car and we drove to the ER for X-rays.

    i spent a sleepless, painful night. will see an orthopedic doctor tomorrow and may spend some time in a care home for therapy. on the upside, i broke my left arm so i can still type.

    trying to keep a positive attitude but this is a giant step back. extreme dizziness with only one arm is a hindance to everything. thanks for the encouragement. doing what i can.


    • Helen says:

      Lots of love Trish. Xx

    • Linda says:

      Dear Trish,
      Sending blessings for a speedy recovery of your not so humorous humerus. What I love about your story is how it shows how help is there when you need it, and how you are able to keep your sense of humor in the face of this perceived setback. Sometimes we have to break things again to be able to heal properly. I am so glad you have a support system literally surrounding you as you recover from this injury. Take this opportunity to allow yourself to be cared for and to feel the love surrounding you. Most importantly, feel the love you have for yourself. As Howard always reminds us, you are worth it! What better way to regain your “balance” than by letting others keep you steady as you heal.
      All best wishes,

      • Karen in Ireland says:

        Amen to what Linda just beautifully said. I especially love that you kept your humour throughout. You’ll rock again my friend. Use this time of stillness to focus on the spiritual component of the recipe, by accepting yourself with love unconditionally where you are right now. Feel the love and light coming to you from all the Warriors.
        Big love
        Karen xx

    • jimmy says:

      animo Trish , Amor para ti,,Quienes invocan a
      su interior divino tendrán respuesta gracias a la intención que manifiestan..


      Trish encourage, Love for you, those who invoke,
      they will answer your inner divine thanks to the manifest intention ..

  5. corazon salvador says:

    Howard, thank you for the positive idea.

  6. Helen says:

    Attitude is everything xxx attitude of love.

  7. Verinica Urquhart says:

    Veronica from Australia

    I am new to this journey so to all my fellow PD champs I say thank you for sharing this journey. It is important for me to work with those who have been there or are still there. It makes sense from those who truly understand, not just think they know. Thank you Howard for bringing us along together. As the song says ‘We are angels with one wing but together we can fly’. I know the destination will come but with your guidance Howard the journey is where it is at. Thank you for your blessings and leadership. We are truly blessed to have you.

  8. Karen in Ireland says:

    Hi Howard, I love the wee video, the child in me smiled. 🙂
    I think I can, actually thanks to our fabulous Skype chat, I know I can, I know I can , I know I can and I am healing, chip chip chipping away.
    Big Love to all warriors. 🙂 Big woooooooo hoooooooo to Luke 🙂
    Karen xx

  9. Tony says:

    Great Post Howard!!
    Your attitude is everything! without the right mindset we cannot accomplish anything, in order for us all to overcome Parkinson’s we must all visualize ourselves as perfect and as normal as ever!!
    We must say to ourselves all day long not just “i think i can” but “i know i can” why? BECAUSE WE CAN!! Thank you brother!
    ps: Trish in Colorado, take this time to focus on healing your entire body.. the warriors are all with you!

  10. Verinica Urquhart says:

    💝Dear Trish… prayers and thoughts are with you through this set back. When we injure some part of ourselves it is often sending us a message. Maybe your are giving out too much and need to step back a little and allow others to reach out to you. It is often hard for us to recieve but we need to allow others to serve us as part of the whole as humbling as this can be. In suffering we either suffer or grow. I wish you growth and love. It is worth noting that Jesus often left the multitude to go away and rest so He could return afresh. As Howard says ‘you can’.
    From Veronica

  11. ken says:

    I love the quote on attitude by the unknown author. I feel it puts the road to
    recovery in context with faith in knowing you will be cured as paramount.
    Love you never give up on us Howard!!! you are so inspiring.

  12. ken says:

    I got to remember that every thing the Parkinson’s demon throws at me
    is progress as long as I’m doing the recipe. It wouldn’t be trying with more
    tremor, slowness, and rigidity if it wasn’t trying to beat my resolve.
    I’m obviously making progress on getting more energy hitting blockages
    and trying to get through. Dopamine should flow uninterrupted some day.
    Patience, Patience, Patience

  13. Trish in Colorado says:

    i just got my computer here at the care home, the first chance i’ve had in a week to log on to this wonderful, glorious site. what i found touched me so deeply i hardly know what to say!!! thank you so much for all your encouraging words and loving thoughts and prayers! i’m so thankful for friends and warriors like you. You’re the best!!!

    Love, Trish

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