Last week I posted Fighting Parkinson’s, and acceptance of life. It focused on the “okay” attitude of acceptance to assist in accepting things that were “less than favorable” in appearance and creating solutions to resolve them. Today, I ask you to fully accept that you are having a recovery from Parkinson’s. “Okay?” “OKAY!!!”
Most of you know that the rest of the world stares at Parkinson’s symptoms and determines how well or how poorly you are doing based upon what they see in your symptoms. By now, I am hoping that you know how incorrect they are in their assessments. “Okay!”
As you are doing the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®, your symptoms may look the same or worse to the nay-saying onlookers. So, you ask, how do you look at these symptoms and say with full faith and confidence, “Okay, I accept that these are my symptoms for now, but I know I will be cured.”
You have to not look at your symptoms through the eyes of the rest of the world. Instead, look at how you are healing on the inside and you will know how well you are doing in your recovery. Here are ways to know how well you are healing on the inside so that you can accept your recovery as it is rolling out in front of you and so you can better enjoy the journey.
Accept the following as true signs of your recovery…OKAY!
If you have gotten back your lost sense of smell, this is a sign that you are healing your liver.
If your fingernails are strong and healthy looking rather than yellow and brittle, this is a sign that you are healing your liver.
If your fingernails are growing faster than they used to, this is a sign that you are healing your liver.
If the whites of your eyes are white and not yellow or milky, this is a sign that you are healing your liver.
If people keep telling you how good you look or how healthy you look, this is a sign that you are healing your liver, your gallbladder, your lungs and your large intestine.
If your skin looks healthier, this is a sign that you are healing your liver, your gallbladder, your lungs and your large intestine.
If your bowel functions have improved, this is a sign that you are healing your liver, your gallbladder, your lungs and your large intestine.
If you have rid yourself of urgent urination issues, this is a sign that you are healing your kidneys and bladder.
If you have increased energy or are feeling less fatigue, this is a sign that you are healing your kidneys and spleen.
If you have gotten indigestion under control, this is a sign that you are healing your stomach and your spleen.
If you are taking medications and you have not had to increase your medications, this is a sign that you are healing your liver and gallbladder.
If you are taking medications and your “off” time is diminishing or has disappeared, this is a sign that you are healing your liver and gallbladder.
If you are taking medications and you are safely and slowly reducing your medications, this is a sign that you are healing your liver and gallbladder.
If you were taking medications and have safely and slowly completely eliminated your medications, this is a sign that you are healing your liver and gallbladder.
If you have periods of time where you are experiencing little or no symptoms, these are signs that you have calmed your mind and opened your heart.
If you have learned to like yourself and/or love yourself, these are signs of opening your heart.
The above list is not an exhaustive list, but it is a sampling of where you need to look to know that you are curing yourself. Accept that your full recovery is happening no matter what anybody else thinks. The rest of the world has no idea about your returned sense of smell, your healthy fast-growing fingernails, your improved urinary and bowel habits, your increased energy, and your improved digestion. So, there is no reason to care what they think when they look at your symptoms.
As I have pointed out in the past, paraphrasing from Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean:
“The problem is not your Parkinson’s symptoms. The problem is your attitude about your Parkinson’s symptoms. Do you understand?” You may click here to read the full post.
Acceptance of life: If you want to know how well you are doing, look inside. You will be amazed at what you will see.
Accept your recovery. Accept your cure. Give gratitude. And, smile.
You are worth it!!!
All my best,
Thanks for the reminder and encouragement, Howard.
I’ve been having difficulty using the middle two fingers of my right hand for quite some time. Having consulted Dr Google, I realise I appear to have swan neck deformity in those fingers and it seems that PD is one of the conditions that can bring this on. I’m going to see my family doctor about it next week. Does anyone here have this condition and, if so, what treatment/therapy have you had? Thanks.
Anita i have my fingers same conditions as you in my right hand. what treatment/therapy have you had? no drugs only excercise
Hi Jimmy. I’ve not had any therapy yet – I’m waiting to hear what my doctor says. I’ve read about 3-point splints that allow the joint to bend but stop it bending backwards, and also about physiotherapy. Most of the information I’ve found is from the USA though, so I don’t know what to expect on the UK National Health Service. Do you find the exercises helpful?
Hi Howard. Very helpful. Indeed my sense of smell has returned, and my nails are growing faster all the time. I guess the daily Qiqong for the liver is working!
Much love to all.
Great post Howard makes all the sense in the world I have been feeling really good the last couple of days thank you for all your help again and again
“How incorrect they are in their assessments!” Wow! This says it all. These confirmations of how I am feeling inside are much more indicative than all the naysayers glances askance. I accept that my full recovery is happening. I feel it. Each day I feel changes that are imperceptible to others but I notice them. They are loud and clear to me. Stealthfully at times, my self doubt sneaks its ugliness and destruction into my brain and I have to put it in check, banish it! I ask myself – what are you thinking ? why would that matter what they say? I forgive myself for this momentary lapse. You know how you are actually feeling. You know you are feeling stronger. You know you are healing. Be grateful. I express gratitude to myself. I am grateful for my dedication to my healing.Howard, it is your constant reminders that consistently impress upon me the tangibility of my recovery. OKAY I let go of the negativity I’m hearing. I listen to the positive. And I listen to my healing self. I remind myself to listen to my healing self. Stop with the doubting self. Stop with the inpatience. Love, warmth, and vitality descend on me. I wish they descend upon each of you in your recovery. Thank you Howard for this inspiring post. Big Open hearts full of love to each of you. Susana
Hi Howard and Warriors, I just wish I could write that I feel myself getting better each day I truly do. I’m finding it really tough to move now, whether that be forward or getting out of a chair, my legs just keep buckling. The sad thing is I’ve had a few of the above positive signs but like for over a year. Organs clearing but dopamine not coming. I think the human spirit can only take so much. I’m finding staying positive so difficult. There’s an old saying ” it’s a long road that has no turn ” this road has been so long. Lack of dopamine is degenerating my physical body, that’s the reality. I read an old diary in 2013, I was so sure I was getting better. I’m sorry guys I keep telling it as it is but staying in my heart daily in meditation etc is not making my legs stronger. Okay this is how it’s supposed to be right now, but how much worse do I have to get to turn a corner? This really really is soul destroying . The overwhelm is relentless.
I have felt your despair, the last time in March this year
I was considering a one way trip to Switzerland. But I have managed to claw my way out of it and am much improved. I listened to music and let it into my heart and body and danced sitting in my chair…sometimes only able to move my arms. I used Howard’s positive affirmations and some of my own while using eft…..I have finished with Parkinson’s and Parkinson’s has finished with me, I am walking away from these symptoms etc.
With the help of medication I can do my qigong ( I practice a form called Yuan Gong)
We are all here for you Karen.
Thanks Christine, glad to know someone else considers Switzerland . I would never do that to my son but the madness does go through your head. Cheers for your lovely message to me. Big Love my friend.xx
Dear and beautiful Karen your words touch my heart,
I can only say that makes today be culminating
Take what you happen today and start styling at the time into something beautiful.
In extreme and difficult circumstances, love and celebrate everything around you. Invoke God’s love and allow compassion the
Spirit fill you. Then, go ahead ..
Bless you Jimmy, I am talking to God all the time through the overwhelm he gets me through hour by hour and then before I know it, the darkness leaves for a little while again and I go back to my heart. Big love to you Jimmy.xx How are you doing? Our path and choices have been the same duration.
I just want you to know that I am thinking about you and sending you lots of love. You are such a beautiful person . I hope knowing this will make your road a little easier . My heart goes out to you.
Debbie thank you, as always for your lovely words and love. Big love right back at you.xx
Thanks for your posts. They are a blessing to me and keep me moving forward. I am accepting my recovery . I am so grateful for the many blessings that I have been given.
I am grateful for the opportunity I have to start each day anew. To start out with a clean slate and to choose faith.
Sending love and blessings to all,
Love and hugs karen