Fighting Parkinson’s, and where it all began, part 34

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 31, 2009 journal entry, seven years ago today.

“10/31/09. Up at 4. Happy Halloween.

I received the Tai Chi video and book that I had ordered. I watched the video and it seems nearly impossible in my current state to do any of it.

The book shows simplified Tai Chi postures and breathing. However, when I look at the stylized postures and movement, the feet, the legs, the stand on one leg, the turning, the squatting…OMG…they look like climbing a mountain in difficulty. Certainly, nothing I can do like I am now.

I will stick to what I am doing. Time will tell. I have learned to not be in a hurry for anything.”

The Recipe was a work in progress. I was doing what I was doing, but I was also looking at different alternative healing modalities to see if there was anything else that might assist in my recovery. Although Tai Chi is a wonderful healing art, I was in no shape for being able to endeavor to do it.

Ultimately, I had to learn patience. Patience that I needed to give what I was doing time to work for me. I was doing the Recipe every day, and I was watching my symptoms getting worse. This did not concern me that I was getting worse, but patience had not been one of my strengths in life.

Patience in your recovery looks like this: “I have learned to not be in a hurry for anything.” That is a difficult lesson. It is the lesson that said to me, “do the Recipe, move forward in your life, and have faith that the rest will take of itself…some day your full recovery will occur…be patient.”

I have written many times that recovery from Parkinson’s is a race won by the tortoise, not the hare. Click here for a reminder of how doing the Recipe, moving forward in your life, and having faith that the rest will take care of itself greatly assists you in winning the race…reaching your full recovery.

Be patient.

You are worth it!!!

All my best,


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8 Responses to Fighting Parkinson’s, and where it all began, part 34

  1. Mårthen says:

    Thank you Howard!
    PATIENT in life.. there it is!
    Blessings to all!

    • Karen in Ireland says:

      Hi there friend, thank you for your comment that you missed me Marthen. I wrote on 29th blog filling the warriors in on my absense. I hope you are well and seing progress? 🙂 Thanks again for missing me 🙂 didn’t reply as the blog moves on each day and didn’t think you would get to read my reply as I caught up reading a couple of weeks of blogs in one sitting. I’m still struggling but feel less frantic and definitely learning patience as I spend so much time lying down.
      Big love to you Marthen.
      Big love to all warriors & Howard
      Karen xx

      • judy pruitt says:

        Karen, you are on my heart and mind every day.
        May you walk in peace, patience, and recovery.
        You are abundant health: you are allowed to be
        abundantly healthy!

      • Melanie S says:

        Big hugs Karen. Thanks Howard. Still my mind thinks I don’t do it well enough to recover so a useful reminder. Love to all.

  2. jimmy says:

    gracias Howard, tu post nos da la fuerza y seguridad para continuar nuestro viaje de reccuperacion


    Thanks Howard, your post gives us the strength and confidence to continue our recovery journey.

  3. Veronica Urquhart says:

    Thank you for the reminder Howard. I believe “waiting”, another word for patience is one of the hardest and transforming aspects to personal growth. We can learn so much about ourselves in waiting. There is a great saying ,
    Time is too slow for those in pain,
    Time is too fast for those in joy,
    But for those who love, Time is not ” I guess we have to learn to love ourselves a bit more and be patient and wait for recovery.

    Veronica 🌱🌺

  4. Dr. Karen Zilverberg says:

    Thanks, Howard!

    Slow and steady wins the race. Forward is forward. Now is the time to do it.


    Thanks for all of this great encouragement and teaching. There is no way that I could be as thorough as yourself.

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