Ten 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. Here is my October 10, 2009 journal entry, ten 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,