Fighting Parkinson’s, and where it all began, part 13

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 10, 2009 journal entry, seven years ago today.

“10/10/09. Slept in. Woke up at 6:35. No improvement from yesterday, but not worse either. Sally has to work from 1-4 today, so it is not fun for her.

Genevieve went to a walk-a-thon for Alzheimer’s disease. After Sally went to work, Victoria and I went to Hyde Park, got treats for Cricket (our dog), and ice cream for Victoria. I think she had a fun time.

Genevieve was invited to a hockey game in the evening, and Sally and I watched “Enchanted” with Victoria. It is a very funny movie and was a great escape for a couple of hours.”

It was a Saturday, so I took the opportunity to sleep in. Apparently “up at 4” or “”up at 6:35” made no difference. Sally had to work every 7th Saturday, and this was one of them.

Except for me having Parkinson’s, this was just like any other Saturday in the Shifke household. This is an important point.

I have stressed many times, Parkinson’s is a part of your life. It is something going on temporarily while life moves forward. If you are living your Parkinson’s symptoms and good days and bad days are determined by how your tremors or other symptoms are changing, then to a large extent, you are missing life.

I heard a saying many years ago: There are three types of people in life, those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who say, “what just happened?” This is your life. Please take action and make things happen!

You are worth it!!!

All my best,


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6 Responses to Fighting Parkinson’s, and where it all began, part 13

  1. Tony says:

    “You cant fly like an eagle, if your hanging around the chickens”
    Thank you Howard

  2. Kjell says:

    Thank you Howard so right on for me

  3. Helen says:

    Thank you for sharing your story each day Howard. It’s very enlightening xx Helen Aust.

  4. Veronica Urquhart says:

    We need to ask ourselves ‘am I living or am I just existing’? There is a saying “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened”. So don’t let today happen without you. I am going to give up part of my life for something worthwhile today. There is a special place for us all who walk this path and it is beholding for us to find what it is. Love to all.


    • Pat in FL says:

      Veronica, I very much love your contributions to the blog. Thank you for sharing your uplifting ideas!

  5. Dr. Karen Zilverberg says:

    Dear Howard,

    I thank you for sharing your success with the entire planet!

    My husband, Don, is beginning to learn your recipe. He learns a little bit more each night. What little he has done has already reaped nice improvements. The acupressure on the GV meridian halted the tremors the first time I performed this on him. I stood there performing the acupressure and while I was moving up his spine I watched both of his legs and then both of his feet stop having tremors. He slept peacefully, all night. Howard, to us, this is a miracle from our Creator.

    Sincerely yours,

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