TONY C. IS SYMPTOM FREE HAVING FOLLOWED THE PARKINSON’S RECIPE FOR RECOVERY® FOR TWO YEARS!!!
At the end of May in 2015, I received an email from Tony’s wife. It was a passionate plea on behalf of her husband who was 44 years old and had Parkinson’s Disease. She explained to me that he was a natural bodybuilder, no medications or steroids, and “symptoms have gotten to the point where he lays down most of the day and it’s hard for him to work as his work requires physical movements.”
I spoke with them the following week. At that time, I had just started the June Coaching Special 2015, and Tony started doing the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® and started coaching with me. Every Monday at 4pm Eastern time for the last two years, Tony and I have had a coaching call. He has been a hard-working, dedicated, faithful warrior in his fight against Parkinson’s.
Tony never took Parkinson’s medications. He was diagnosed in 2015, and he had his diagnosis confirmed two more times, including having taken a DATscan, which also confirmed that he had Parkinson’s.
Over these last two years, Tony has shown vulnerability, strength and courage. When you look at the comments he has posted on the blog, you will see a man filled with faith and trying to encourage all of you while working on his own recovery. My most recent posts have had the theme of quieting the mind and letting it know that faith and joy will overtake it.
This was a big issue for Tony. As he explained to me, when one is a bodybuilder, professional model, and dancer, it creates a hyper-sensitivity to the body. When one does these things in public and is a local celebrity, how one looks and moves is of critical importance. So, just like all of you, even with a body that still had the appearance of a bodybuilder, Tony was suffering physically and he had the same emotional concerns of “how do I look to the other people and what are they thinking about me.”
In the last couple of months, he turned this around. He sense his faith was strong and that recovery was coming, but his mind kept fighting him. He kept telling his mind, “No you are wrong. I am getting better.” Eventually, that grew into, “No you are wrong. I am better already.” And then, in the last couple of weeks, the huge breakthrough…he decided to follow his heart and ignore his over-thinking, self-criticizing mind completely. He surrendered to what was.
After we spoke yesterday, he sent me this note and asked me to share it with you, “Thank you so much. What I’ve learned from all of this is that inner happiness is the most important thing in the world. Without it, you can never be truly what God intends you to be.”
Yahoo, Tony!!! Congratulations. You did it, my friend…you did it! You had patience and perseverance, and you never gave up faith. You never gave up on you. You have reached your full recovery and are sharing it with the world!
So that all of you can get a better glimpse of Tony’s journey, I have pulled some comments he has posted over the last couple of years to share with you. They are posted below:
December 29, 2016 at 12:47 pm
Thank you for all you do Howard if not for you none of us would have the faith to know it is possible. I’ve been working with you for a year and a half now and each week that passes I learn not only the truth behind Parkinson’s but the truth behind life and I thank you for that.
To all my fellow warriors lets keep fighting with smiles on our faces for we are the chosen ones and our recovery is at our door step now its time to let it in.
2017 here we come!!!
February 27, 2017 at 2:49 pm
I have had an amazing life to look back on and an amazing life to look forward to thank you Howard for all you do now let that the dopamine flow like rain!
March 14, 2017 at 7:20 pm
This is a perfect testimonial to recovery: you have to be kind patient and loving to yourself. This is very hard to do when you have Parkinson’s because you look at yourself differently, you compare yourself to others. You got to throw that out the window and Learn To Love Yourself unconditionally, respecting yourself regardless of what you can or cannot do, trusting yourself and trusting in what you’re doing.
March 31, 2017 at 10:49 am
Great Post! I woke up this morning feeling loose and quick, my wife called me “Speedy Gonzalez.” I’ve been having more stiffness and slowness, the only thing I did different this morning was my nerves were calm and I wasn’t thinking about it. You’re spot on Howard, thank you!!!
April 13, 2017 at 4:48 pm
Howard has been coaching me for almost 2 years now, and I am happy to say that I am close to my recovery. I have never taken any drugs for Parkinson’s and I trust and believe everything Howard says as nobody knows Parkinson’s disease better than him.
May 10, 2017 at 12:35 pm
Thank you for this awesome post, Howard. It truly is a battle of the mind. The body is always following your thoughts whether they are positive or negative. To get your body back, you must first get your mind back. Thank you for all your help and guiding us in the right direction.
That last comment was just a few weeks ago, and Tony has been working hard at fighting the fear and fighting his mind. He said something to me yesterday that rang true from my own recovery experience: “I got myself back…only better.” In the last two weeks, Tony has gotten off of the couch and gotten back into life, bodybuilding, visiting with friends, modeling, and dancing.
As his last “proof” of his full recovery, prior to yesterday’s coaching call, Tony went back to his old gym. They were so inspired by his journey in Fighting Parkinson’s, that they presented him with a lifetime membership. And, in a way that only Tony could do, he promptly bench-pressed 250 pounds and did dumbbell curls with 60 pounds in each arm.
Yes, he had gotten himself back…only better. As we were ending our call, I mentioned that we would be talking more as time went on. He responded with a laugh, “Of course, but it won’t be a coaching call.” No it won’t, Tony! Congratulations to you. So to the rest of you, if anybody is interested in filling the 4pm Eastern time coaching slot on Mondays, it now is available. However, you will have some big shoes to stand in, literally.
CONGRATULATIONS, TONY! You did it. Symptom free full recovery from Parkinson’s Disease. Love and blessings to you.
You are worth it!!!
All my best,
Note: Don’t forget, I am providing a special offer of a discounted cost for Parkinson’s Coaching if you sign up by the end of June. Click here to learn more about Parkinson’s Coaching, including how to sign up for the Parkinson’s Coaching Package with the special offer.