Fighting Parkinson’s, and where it all began, part 10

Seven years ago, I began doing the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®. Of course, back then it did not have a name…it was just what I was doing. At the same time, I began keeping a hand-written Parkinson’s Daily Journal. It is time to share my journal with all of you. Here is my October 7, 2009 journal entry, seven years ago today.

“10/07/09. Got up at 4, very slow moving. Got to the kitchen at 4:09, my record for slowness.

Today I decided to go up and down the stairs the normal way with each foot going to the next step rather than two feet on a single step before advancing. I had to hold onto the railing and use some arm strength to accomplish this, but I went up and down the stairs this way a couple of times.

My legs are tight and they ache. My knees hurt, and when I sit to rest, the tremors in my lower legs and feet are pronounced.

The St. Pete Times came late today, so I made two trips down the driveway this morning. I was surprised to find myself out of breath with a fast heartbeat after the second trip down the driveway. My body “wakes up” slowly, so I am guessing that was the problem.”

Well, here I was, ten days into doing the Recipe, and I still was in perfectionist adrenaline-mind mode. “Clocking” my record for slowness is sad; I cannot think of another way to describe it.

As you can see, I could not go up or down the stairs without holding on. In some blog posts, I have discussed my “less is more” theory of Parkinson’s movement – the slower I moved, the easier it was and the less energy it took. Eventually, I let go of my stubbornness and reverted back to the “two feet on a single step before advancing” way of going up and down the stairs because the upper body strength it started taking to pull myself up the stairs used up too much energy.

Click here for a refresher of “less is more.”

You can do it!

You are worth it!!!

All my best,


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5 Responses to Fighting Parkinson’s, and where it all began, part 10

  1. Melanie S says:

    So true Howard! It’s only taken me several years and lots of studying and absorbing of your blog to begin to understand that less is indeed more.! Beginning to walk VERY slowly and not care what anyone thinks and have better balance like that. The other day an old lady seeing me walk by said ” you keep going love, never mind how long it takes you”! Big smiles! I am the tortoise. I shall win the race! And when I cannot walk, I sit quietly and look out the window at a beautiful tree I am blessed with being able to see and quietly meditate.
    Lovely people, YES WE ARE WORTH IT!
    Thank-you Howard

  2. Helen says:

    Thank you Howard for sharing your journey x

  3. Shawna Carol says:

    Thanks for the reminder Howard. I’m going to slow down even more!

  4. Tony says:

    One step at a time with faith got you to where you are today!
    Thank you brother!

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