ELAINE J. IS SYMPTOM FREE HAVING FOLLOWED THE PARKINSON’S RECIPE FOR RECOVERY® FOR ONE YEAR!!!
Congratulations, Elaine!!! You did it!!!
Near the end of April of 2019, I received a Recipe manual order from a woman named Elaine. In July of 2019, I received an email from her explaining that she had been doing the Recipe for two months and wanted to discuss the possibility of coaching.
Elaine and I had our initial FaceTime in late July of 2019. On the FaceTime, I learned of her diagnosis of Parkinson’s at the beginning of 2019, and the fact that she been prescribed by her neurologist, and was taking, Selegiline, a Parkinson’s MAO inhibitor medication.
We discussed at length the soul, mind, and body aspects of the Parkinson’s and how that fit into a recovery based upon bringing oneself back into balance. Elaine, like many of you, suffered from tremors, very bad stiffness which made moving around difficult, social anxiety issues (i.e. increased tremors in social/work settings), and the same worthiness issues faced by mostly everybody with Parkinson’s.
Shortly after we started coaching, Elaine introduced herself to all of you by posting this comment on the blog:
“Elaine J says:
August 8, 2019 at 12:38 pm
Good Morning Friends:
Although I’m stepping in at the fray I feel I know most of you from months of reading Howard’s blogs – and THANK YOU Howard for those! You are all an inspiration and give great hope through this healing process. When I was diagnosed with PD all I could think about was getting back to the way I was…. but this process, this Recipe has brought a new quality to my life that I’m looking so forward to taking with me post-PD. Yes, it will be great to move effortlessly but before each step will be a simple note of gratitude for this life as it is and as it rolls out before me. Happy Healing to you All.”
Of course, I was elated to see that early on Elaine understood that the spiritual part of the recovery, the true sense of gratitude for this life, was a critical component in her recovery.
At the end of October, I announced the 2019 November to Remember 30-day Challenge. In response to the challenge, Elaine posted this comment on the blog:
“Elaine J says:
October 30, 2019 at 1:46 pm
Count me in Howard!
I’m one of the “currently doing the Recipe” warriors; I have faith in and gratitude for Howard’s Recipe. It is a journey that began with letting go of the anger, fear and “why me??” that came with my PD diagnosis. Not easy! but possible with a little help from Howard, his Recipe and friends. Surrender.
And then, the best part begins – let in the joy, compassion and gratitude and once it starts it just grows. I plant a smile on my face and giggle once in a while when I’m doing the physical part of the Recipe and I find that pretty soon I’m feeling really good about myself and my life – and I am thankful that I ‘get to’ experience this 2nd awakening…that I get to meditate…that I get to rediscover the wonders of this life…
So, thank you again Howard, for this challenge. I’m going to add an extra 10 minutes of Medical Qigong for Liver (my favorite exercise put to music), and I’ll forge ahead with faith in my recovery from Parkinson’s.
Those in doubt, accept the challenge. It’s your life and your journey and with these tools you can’t go wrong.
The best to you all 🙂
So, once again, Elaine was not only sharing her journey, but also encouraging others just getting started to jump in the fray as well. As we wrapped up 2019 and the first blog post of the year was “Fighting Parkinson’s, and 2020…the year of gratitude!” there was Elaine again sharing her journey and connecting with all of you.
“Elaine J says:
January 1, 2020 at 9:33 am
Thank you Howard 🙏 my soul, mind and body are filled with gratitude…and joy…thankfulness…and acceptance. This Parkinson’s has opened my heart to discovering my “self” and for this I am truly grateful.
And to you for your fearless guidance along this journey I am truly grateful.
The path ahead into 2020 is filled with wonder and anticipation for what will be…faith in myself that I will have the courage to let Parkinson’s go…and love for my fellow travellers that they will find their peace.
Gratitude and love to all,
And, no, her recovery was not a “walk in the park.” Elaine’s recovery journey was filled with the same ups and downs everybody faces with fears, doubts, changing symptoms, good feelings, and bad feelings…the roller coaster that is this Parkinson’s recovery. The nice thing is that she was willing to talk about it on the blog when she felt moved to do so.
“Elaine J says:
February 8, 2020 at 9:25 am
Amen! and thank you Howard. I am smiling and opening my heart – I’m finding healing in letting go of my mind and what I cannot control and at the same time letting go of my PD. This attitude thing does work and your guidance in staying the course when I’m having a “Stumbling in the Park” (my code for a really bad day) kind of day is greatly appreciated. Love to you all, it really is a beautiful life. Elaine”
In March of this year, things started to change in a truly positive way. Elaine had deeply begun to work on self-love. I was overjoyed when she explained to me that while working on self-love, she got out of bed one day and found her rigidity gone, just like that. She went to the gym and swam laps like nothing had ever prevented her from swimming those laps.
And then, Elaine shared the breakthrough with all of you:
“Elaine J says:
March 25, 2020 at 10:47 am
Yes Howard, I AM WORTH IT! and thank you for giving me the confidence to believe it and to live it. My choice has been to do your “Recipe” every day – mind, soul and body and to believe, right to the core of my being that the PD symptoms that were paralyzing in life could be eliminated. Eight (short) months ago I began this journey with you and I’m living virtually symptom free now. A small tremor in one hand is the last vestige of this beast and it too will be tamed – I have no doubt.
Probably the greatest gift you’ve given is in guiding and “giving permission” to LOVE MYSELF. And I do! It makes all the difference : – )
And so my journey continues, a little lighter and with a smile that’s a little broader. I’ll continue the Recipe every day, just because I love it and I will live my life to the fullest with love and compassion for all those around me.
Anyone thinking of doing the Recipe?? Just BELIEVE and DO IT! It will give you the tools you need to come to peace with your body, mind and soul and overcome PD.
Love, hope and peace to you all.
Please take note of the importance of the self-love aspect of this recovery from Parkinson’s. In Elaine’s words: “Probably the greatest gift you’ve given is in guiding and “giving permission” to LOVE MYSELF. And I do! It makes all the difference : – )”
The following day, March 26, 2020, Elaine sent me an email informing me that she had taken her final Selegiline and was no longer on Parkinson’s medications.
Nearly a month after eliminating her medication, she was still seeing the remaining physical symptoms leaving. However, as she candidly acknowledges, some of the emotional baggage was still hanging around:
“Elaine J says:
April 17, 2020 at 10:10 am
Thank you Howard! Your message hits right where I need it today. I’ve been wallowing and moping and feeling “not quite good enough” because its (the PD) “not quite gone enough”. Time to flip the switch to JOY; time to STOP obsessing with every little twitch happening in my body and definitely time to just CELEBRATE with thanksgiving and joy everything positive that is in and around me.
Thank you for the reminder and thank you for always believing….
Spring is in the air and healing in the wind that swirls around us.
Peace and joy to all,
Here we are, one month after Elaine wrote in her blog comment, “Spring is in the air and healing in the wind that swirls around us,” and we are celebrating Elaine’s healing that was in the wind and swirling all around her.
Congratulations, Elaine!!! You worked very hard on your recovery. You faced the trials and tribulations, the symptom changes, the anxiety, the fears and worries and doubts, the self-judgment and self-criticism…AND YOU SLAYED THEM ALL!
I am overwhelmed with joy, love, gratitude, and blessings for all you have been through to get to where you are now. Wow, wow, wow!
Elaine will be going back to her neurologist to receive medical confirmation of her full recovery. As a result of COVID-19 and restrictions that are in place, she does not know when that will be. We will let you know when it happens.
CONGRATULATIONS, ELAINE! You did it. Symptom free full recovery from Parkinson’s Disease. Love and blessings to you, my dear friend.
You are worth it!!!
All my best,