WOW! Marie is seven years symptom free. How inspiring is that! Seven years ago, in the middle of my November to Remember, No Excuses November, 30-day Challenge 2011, a comment was posted on the blog that Marie would not be accepting the 30-day challenge because she was fully recovered. How inspiring is that!!!
Now, here we are, seven years later from my post entitled, “Fighting Parkinson’s, and Marie is symptom free.” For the last seven years, Marie has continued posting comments to inspire and encourage all of us.
I will begin with Marie’s comment announcing her recovery:
From my November 11, 2011 post, seven years ago, with what Marie had to say:
November 10, 2011 at 1:07 pm
“I accepted an internal 30-day challenge from myself when I discovered
fightingparkinsonsdrugfree almost a year ago. And that was just the beginning. I made a promise to myself that I would do whatever was necessary and change my life in whatever ways would support recovery, if it was really possible to have my condition improve rather than degenerate. As Howard so often says, ” What did I have to lose?” I trusted Howard as my guide, and the bearer of good news that penetrated the bleakness of my fear and despair . I put my faith in my power to heal myself. The Recipe for Recovery was my lifeline. AND it is why I can happily and gratefully report to you today that the reason I am not accepting this challenge now is that I am symptom free! YES! Symptom Free!!!
Cheering you all on as you courageously overcome the disease. I am a happy example of the success of the Recipe for Recovery.
With love to you all~ Marie”
Up until that time, I was the only one who had cured myself utilizing the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®, so Marie curing herself became proof of concept: Yes, the Recipe would work for others! This was big news as many people were greatly inspired to learn that the Recipe worked for Marie — it made them know it could work for them.
Here is an excerpt from a comment Marie wrote shortly after being cured of Parkinson’s:
November 19, 2011 at 10:35 pm
“I’ve just read both of the latest posts, and all of the comments. How exciting to feel all the faith, courage and support being shared here. We are a lucky bunch! It is wonderful to read the comments and see the shifts in awareness and the victories over the disease. I never took any meds and am in awe of each of you who is defying that medical model and choosing to take yourself off the drugs and fight Parkinson’s.
You are so brave, and from what I read in your posts, it is working. You are getting better.
Because it is such a powerful component in my own recovery, I offer this :
Fully acknowledge yourself and give yourself credit for what you are doing. Love yourself for how truly brave you are
and how dedicated you are to healing yourself. Thank yourself for this precious gift you are giving yourself. Sit in that feeling and give your brain a lovely dopamine bath.
Our gracious guide, Howard, always tells us that we are doing it for ourselves, and still, I think we tend to praise everyone else for the inspiration they are providing.
Be grateful to yourself, too, for having that opening that let the inspiration move you.
For me, this has been a good tool, and I hope it may be useful. I found it very hard to do ,at first. Kind of embarrassing. And actually, it is even a little hard to write about now.
“What? She sits around loving herself????”
I’ll tell you, I do, every chance I get.”
Over the last seven years, Marie has continued to support our recovery community with comments she has posted. Yesterday, she posted this comment to inspire all of you in this year’s November to Remember 30-day Challenge:
November 8, 2018 at 2:21pm
“For me every November is “November to Remember” with a heart full of gratitude since one of Howard’s first November challenges prompted me to evaluate where I was after following the Recipe for Recovery for 9 months and realized that I no longer had symptoms and did not feel the need to accept the 30 day challenge.
As one of Howard’s “graduates” with full recovery, I add my voice to encourage you all on this beautiful path that Howard created to guide us to healing on every level.
Sending love and best wishes,
Additionally, five years ago, we all were fortunate to have Marie attend my Santa Fe, New Mexico workshop. At the Santa Fe workshop, I got to meet Marie in person for the first time. I can assure you, she is the luminous soul all of you presumed she would be from reading the comments she continues to post on this blog to support and inspire all of us.
Here is a picture from the following day, when I got to spend time with Marie at her home. This picture was in one of her beautiful gardens:
Even though we had met in person for the first time the day before, I felt that special connection, the one that feels like you have known somebody for decades, not just a couple of days. Before I left, Marie shared with me something she had been told in a seminar many years ago. The instructor explained that fear is like a prayer. If you live in fear, it is like praying for everything you fear to come true.
Let’s live in faith. Let’s live in love. Then faith in recovery can be your prayer, and love for yourself and others can kindle the flame of joy in your heart.
Finally, four years ago, Marie posted a comment to help all who were forging ahead in that year’s November to Remember 30-day Challenge 2014. Here is what she had to say:
November 5, 2014 at 2:02 pm
“Dear Recovery Community,
It is so beautiful to read all of these posts. To those of you who have accepted the 30 Day Challenge, congratulations!! You are so fortunate to have found Howard and his amazing Recipe for Recovery! You are recovering from Parkinson’s!
Since I recovered , I don’t do the Recipe for Recovery anymore, but when I committed to following the Recipe, it totally changed my life. From the Recipe, I learned how to live a happier, less stressful life and learned the importance of savoring what is good in each day, and practicing, Gratitude.
Howard once told me that for some people who find the website….and I paraphrase here, since I do not remember the exact words….a block to recovery is thinking that Howard is so amazing ….so committed, so full of Faith…that, in some way he is “better” and that is why the Recipe worked for him. Maybe you do not believe that you could do the Recipe ”as well” as Howard did it. Maybe you don’t feel 100% faith in your recovery and you think that will keep you from recovering.
As he does for many of you, Howard holds a very special place in my heart, my mind and my spirit. I love and admire him. He is a truly rare and awesome being!!!!!
To each of you I want to say that you can most certainly do the Recipe for Recovery as well as I did, and I recovered. I committed myself to doing the Recipe, even when I was not sure that I believed it. The commitment was rock solid. Faith was a little more difficult. When I didn’t feel like doing the Recipe, I did it anyway. When I did not have Faith in my recovery, I did not let that derail me; seeing how easy it would be to let lack of faith get in my way , I “acted as if” I had faith, until my faith caught up with me again.
Whatever obstacles you find, you can also find your way to sidestep them. Don’t let ANYTHING stop you.
Love and best wishes, Marie”
So, my dear friend, Marie, here we are seven years after you becoming cured from Parkinson’s. Absolutely amazing! Absolutely inspiring! Absolutely loving! Your recovery…and you…absolutely amazing! and inspiring! and loving!
You could have given your gratitude and walked away. You could have said, “I am cured, good luck to the rest of you…and disappeared.” But no, here you are, still opening your heart to all of us, still being such an active part of our recovery community with your blog post comments.
I want everybody to know that I never have asked you to post a single comment since your recovery, but instead, that you have continued to give of yourself from your heart. I am grateful for you, Marie, my dear, dear friend. With gratitude, blessings, hugs, and love, Howard.
CONGRATULATIONS, MARIE!!! SEVEN YEARS SYMPTOM FREE FULL RECOVERY, CURED FROM PARKINSON’S!!!
Who’s next? What are you waiting for?
Make the commitment to cure yourself from Parkinson’s!
Grab onto the Recipe and take action. Make this your November to Remember!
Okay, everybody, put big smiles on your faces and chant together so the whole world can hear:
“Parkinson’s is curable.
I am my own Parkinson’s cure.
I am halting, slowing, and reversing the progression of my Parkinson’s.
I am extraordinary.
I am recovery.
I am doing great!
AND, I AM WORTH IT!!!”
Yes you are. Each and every one of you is WORTH IT!!!
All my best,
Wonderful story, wonderful post. May the numbers of the “FULLY RECOVERED” dramatically and rapidly increase!
Thank you, Marie.
Thank you, Howard.
Press on, my brave Comrades! May our love for ourselves and one another grow and grow and grow . . .
Thank you Johnny thank you Marie thank you Howard. Xxx
Ditto – I fell blessed to have found such wonderful, inspirational people – than you xx
Hi Howard and Marie, Howard has covered all the things I would like to say to you Marie. So all I can add is thank you for being the beautiful soul that you are Marie. Congratulations on your 7th anniversary .
Sending love to all warriors. xx
Thank you very much for still supporting us and congratulation to your 7th anniversary. It gives us hope and faith and you followed strictly Howord’s wonderful advices. To both big thanks 💐💐
Hi Marie, congratulations on your 7th anniversary. You are an inspiration to all of us!
So simple as to be routinely overlooked: just sit around and practice being happy. Marvelous!
And not at all selfish as I’ll be much better company for others… It’s just normal and healthy.
I learn something new every time.
You are all such wonderful people, best wishes to all!
This is a beautiful miracle from God! xx
“When I didn’t feel like doing the Recipe, I did it anyway.”
That worked on me today.
I didn’t feel like doing my morning session and this rang in my head. I hopped right out of bed. 😀
Congrats Marie. 🙂
Happy anniversary Marie.
Thanks for your words of encouragement.
Your comments on the blog are very helpful
Love and blessings to all
Thank you all for celebrating with me and for your comments as I reached my anniversary: Seven years! Wow, I can hardly believe it!
I also want to thank you.
Coming back and reading all of the posts on the blog helps to keep me on track. All of you remind me of what it was like to be doing the Recipe for Recovery~
What it was like to encounter Howard on the internet and suddenly to have hope where there had only been despair.
That helps connect me to a river of Gratitude within me. I don’t want to ever forget to be grateful to Howard, to myself
and to this wonderfully supportive and brave community.
Checking in with you all reminds me that I must still be careful with myself. How easy it is to slip out of balance.
Having recovered, it is still so important to
be cultivating positivity every day. Though I don’t do the Recipe anymore, I have carried lessons from my recovery forward
with me and will never be the same person
I was before I had symptoms and followed the Recipe for Recovery “to the other side”.
It is clear to me that I would never had made the commitment to a more balanced life
without symptoms to propel me forward. I am grateful for he entire life-changing experience and
I thank you all for the inspiration you are.
And you, Howard…..from my heart and soul to yours, the most profound
and joyful THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!
I am so happy for you Marie, thank you for continuing to share your journey here! I am looking forward to bringing my body into balance with Howard’s guidance and all of the inspiration here!! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!