Fighting Parkinson’s, and tremors seven years ago

On September 21, 2009, seven years ago today, I got my final wake up call, my body’s final notification to make me sit up and take notice that there was something dreadfully wrong with me…tremors. As I have explained in the past, for the 7 or 8 months prior to getting tremors, I had received polite, and not-so-polite, notifications that my physical body was falling into disrepair. I chose to ignore those notifications. Tremors got my attention.

I have discussed that the Parkinson’s symptoms are not the problem, but instead, that they are the messages that there is a problem, so you have to look behind them as to why you have them. I see Parkinson’s as a symptom…a message that says, “your life is out of balance.”

Parkinson’s…the symptom reflecting a life out of balance. Physically, you are off balance. You move slowly and cautiously, often looking down instead of forward. What does that do? It puts your body in a posture that makes it virtually impossible to walk balanced. Your neck is bent, your spine is bent, the fluid in your semicircular canals is moved, and your visual frame of reference (important for balance) is your legs or the floor, and you acquire what is often referred to as a Parkinson’s gait. Mentally, you then become off balance because you are afraid of falling or freezing, and you are afraid of the future with Parkinson’s. This is right where Parkinson’s wants you…not living in the moment, but instead living in the past (getting Parkinson’s) and being fearful of the future (life with long-term Parkinson’s). Spiritually, you give up hope that you ever will get better. At that point Parkinson’s is winning.

Essentially, when you stare at your legs and feel unbalanced, you are looking at the past. When you feel unbalanced, you fear the future. How can you move forward in life in a balanced manner if you are staring backwards and it makes you fearful of where you are going? Faith.

Faith in yourself that you are your cure to Parkinson’s, and that you can see your recovery through to the end. Yes, that carries a lot of responsibility, but you have help. You have the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®. The Recipe is your road map to bring your soul, mind, and body back into balance.

Over time in my recovery, I came to see Parkinson’s as a grand opportunity to fix the things in my life that had gone out of balance. The Recipe provided me with the physical tools to re-balance my body, the mental tools to calm my mind and re-balance my emotions, and the spiritual tools to re-balance my soul and find again the essence of who I am.

Am I grateful for having had Parkinson’s? Yes. Through that bump in the road in a life already out of balance, Parkinson’s stood as a bump at a fork in the road leaving me two choices: 1. Fix the imbalances in my life and it would go away; and 2. Do not fix the imbalances in my life and it would stay with me forever. I chose the road less traveled, I had no plan B, and every day I did the Recipe to find balance in my life. And every day that I awoke with Parkinson’s still there, it was a reminder that I still had more work to do.

However, in the end, when I awoke on June 12, 2010 with no Parkinson’s, I knew it was not coming back — I had re-balanced my soul, mind, and body, and I no longer needed the message or symptoms known as Parkinson’s as a reminder that I had more work to do.

I was finished with that part of my life, and I am grateful for that as well.

You can do this, too. I know you can.

You are worth it!

All my best,

Howard

 

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8 Responses to Fighting Parkinson’s, and tremors seven years ago

  1. Marie says:

    I am so grateful, Howard, that you made the courageous choices you did. I am grateful that you had such insights and such tools that you could create the Recipe for Recovery,
    And that you had the perseverance and faith to follow it through to your complete recovery . I am grateful that your generous and loving spirit led you to share your experience and the Recipe. I will never forget the beautiful and remarkable day when I first saw one of your videos on my computer. medical qigong for the liver? Never heard of it! yours was the message of hope that I had been seeking. Yours the inspiration. Yours the guidance and reassurance that recovery was possible.
    Thank you, Howard, for the journey you made to your recovery. Thank you for sharing it with me and with all of us.
    I don’t know what my life would have become without your inspiration. Prior to “meeting you” on the Internet, I was feeling more and more despair as I read about Parkinson’s.
    More and more fear.
    Thank you for giving me hope. thank you for showing me this could be done, that recovery was real.
    Thank you for the Recipe for Recovery. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
    Sending you love. And sending love to those who are following the Recipe now.
    Marie

  2. Beth in Ca says:

    The decision you made seven years ago to fight PD drug free has impacted the lives of PD sufferers worldwide. It gave hope to an illness that has been described as incurable by western medicine. Howard, we are so blessed to have you walking beside us in this journey toward recovery. Thank you for the encouragement and complete faith in our recovery! Beth

  3. Trish in Colorado says:

    Howard,
    My heartfelt thanks for bringing hope into my life!
    Trish

  4. Veronica Urquhart says:

    Howard I am forever grateful to you for your dedication to our welfare. I am also profoundly thankful to the amount of time you must have put in to study this programs. And then to trust in it to complete your balance. I think I can only imagine your many steps forward and back and to finally keep going forward. You definitely have the Divine watching over you. From the depths of my heart and soul, thank you Howard.

    Veronica

  5. Howard says:

    Thank you all for your beautiful comments. We are in this life together. I am grateful for you as well.
    Love and blessings,
    Howard

  6. Lohren Christie says:

    Thanks for all your wonderful support!

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