Fighting Parkinson’s, and where it all began, part 22

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 19, 2009 journal entry, seven years ago today.

“10/19/09. 4:00 Monday, oh boy! It is cold today, 48 degrees. Yesterday evening my kidneys and lower back began to hurt. I think it was the lentils doing a cleansing.

As I was reading about lentils and kidneys, many articles referred to lentils as being used to relieve constipation. Of course, I am having the pleasure of constipation today, go figure. This is very discouraging.

However, I refuse to accept that I cannot get better. Maintaining where I am today is not the future I envision…we will see.”

It was cold and I felt lousy. That about sums it up. Usually, it was warm and I felt lousy. But, as you can see, and this is something I cannot stress enough, no matter how lousy I felt, what was my attitude…what message was I sending out to the Universe? “However, I refuse to accept that I cannot get better. Maintaining where I am today is not the future I envision…we will see.” I never gave up on me, and I implore you to never give up on you!

As I have mentioned previously, I had read about a handwriting test where a sign of Parkinson’s would be a shrinking signature as one moved down the page. As it turns out, I gave myself this test on September 28, 2009, the day I started the Recipe, and then every week through December 21, 2009.

What I am doing here as part of this series is scanning and publishing for you my September 28, 2009 along side the weekly handwriting. Then you can look at the September 28, 2009 sample (the baseline) and the one that will correspond to the date of the post from 7 years earlier.

Click the link below to access the pdf of the September 28, 2009 and October 19, 2009 handwriting samples. The next sample set will be posted next week on October 26, 2016.


You are worth it!!!

All my best,


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8 Responses to Fighting Parkinson’s, and where it all began, part 22

  1. Tony says:

    Thank you Howard!
    I had a very strong feeling yesterday which told me that if my thoughts feelings and actions are what caused my Parkinson’s then that alone is the only thing that can correct it!

    • Melanie S says:

      Me too Tony have had this realisation it’s wonderful how we are all growing together.
      I am willing to change myself!
      Thanks Howard

  2. Chuck R says:

    Thank you ! very encouraging Post !
    I ALSO refuse to accept that I cannot get better. I saw a poster that said “Its hard to beat someone that never gives up”. I will never give up 😄

    It’s a beautiful day to be alive .
    Love , Peace , and Recovery to all !

  3. Mari says:

    Wow! “I refuse to accept that I cannot get better.” Howard you are an inspiration showing us the way.

  4. Helen says:

    Never giving up bringing in a new day every day. Much love everyone here.

  5. Dr. Karen Zilverberg says:

    Thanks, Howard, for sharing your struggles and recovery with ALL of us. My husband, Don, also thanks you. He is showing little improvements each day.


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