WOW! Marie is nine years symptom free. How inspiring is that! Nine 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, nine years later from my post entitled, “Fighting Parkinson’s, and Marie is symptom free.” For the last nine 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, nine years ago today, 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 nine years, Marie has continued to support our recovery community with comments she has posted. Last week, she posted a comment to encourage all of you in this year’s November to Remember 30-day Challenge:
Marie says: November 2, 2020 at 6:17 pm
“As someone who followed the Recipe for Recovery to a complete and lasting recovery, I encourage you all to go for it 100% this month! Don’t hold back; give it every chance to work for you! Sending love and best wishes.”
Additionally, seven 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.
Additionally, six 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
“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 nine 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!!! NINE 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 slowing, halting, 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,
Thank you for posting this Howard and thank you to Marie for helping to inspire all of us that are taking part in this 30 day challenge. Truly inspirational!! I am continuing to do the recipe every day and am motivated to keep it going.
Well it ‘s really wonderful to read about this incredible healing of Howard first and then Marie!
The photo of you two has you both looking so incredibly happy! I am in awe of all this sharing and loving and I really hope to be able to get my PD to go away too!
I feel blessed to have tuned in to you Howard and to be able to do the Recipe that I do every day with pleasure.
So many thanks.
Love to you all out there
Congratulations Marie, you are a lady and true warrior.
Thank you for continuing to cheer the rest of us on to the finish line.
Karen xx 💕
Dear Howard and Marie, so many thanks and gratitude are due to you for your love and support. I’ll read and reread this post as a reminder to keep the faith and commitment to reach a full recovery.
Thanks again, you two are an inspiration and it is a good part of what keeps me going. When feeling down I tell myself: well if others have done it I can too. Yes, I can.
Hi everybody. I’ve been fighting Parkinson’s drug free with Howard for several years now. I sometimes feel like I’m on a plateau and not making much progress. That’s why I also have a neurologist to give a little objective feedback. At my last 6 month appointment he said I’m doing great and am a role model. LOL, I guess I’m doing ok. Of course I have to admit I’ve got a really good neurologist along with my really great Parkinson’s coach, Howard.
Thanks everyone for the informative and inspirational comments.
Feeling blessed in Wisconsin,
It is always a highlight of my year when I get to read the post celebrating my recovery. It is such a good reminder to me of how much I have to be grateful for. And, oh! I AM GRATEFUL! NINE YEARS!! Nine years without even having even a shadow of a symptom. It has been life-changing, and in ways that go far beyond my recovery from Parkinson’s itself. Following the Recipe for Recovery healed my whole life.
When I began the Recipe for Recovery, it was only Howard who had recovered and I grasped onto his recovery as my lifeline, the lifeline that Dora refers to above~ “if others have done it I can too”. Until then, it was really as if I were drowning in despair. My daily life was consumed with it. When I first saw a video by Howard and started following his recommendations, his recovery was the rope I grabbed onto and pulled myself out of there. I pulled myself away from what until then had been a total focus on my symptoms and Internet “research” that just reinforced my worst fears. Howard let me know that it was essential that I leave that behind and let go of FEAR which was holding me back.
My love and respect for Howard and my gratitude are immense. Thank you Howard, my dear friend! Thank you thank you thank you!
There are more of us now who have followed Howard’s example to our own recoveries. Let our recoveries help pull you forward. I continue to post because you all inspire me in your courage and I hope to also help to inspire you and to increase your confidence that you, too, can have a complete recovery. Go for it!
This is your November!
Wonderful, congratulations. I was already following the blog when you recovered dear Marie. Unfortunately it’s taking me a little longer but I’m still here battling away!
Thank you Howard and fellow warriors for sharing your stories.
Thanks Marie for your encouragement and for your big heart. I’m doing the recipe diligently for many months. I’m finding my heart now, learning how to open it, learning how to love myself, learning how to love my life. I think the Parkinson’s is telling me that it’s about time I learned these things. They are so much more important than the things my mind has me doing. I think it basically has me avoiding intimacy with my true self and others. There seems to a deep distrust I need to overcome.
Gratefully, many thanks to you and Howard and the others who’ve blazed this trail! For I am on my way too. I am overcoming. I am worthy. I am falling in love with this God-given life I’ve been blessed with. And I am recovering. I can feel it!
Thank you both, dear Marie and Howard🙏What would we do without your inspiring support we appreciate very, very much. You are wonderful, dear Marie, to be a great example to follow your steps, you dear Howard as well, to have had the power, faith and wisdom to go a new way! Impressing!
Love and thanks!!
Hi..my name is Barbara.and for the last 25 years I have fought fibromyalgia..and on November 10th 2016 was walking across the street and was hit by an suv..leaving me with a traumatic brain injury. As of last year, I thought I was free of the agony. I suffered with the brain injury and am now awaiting the diagnosis of Parkinsons..and have found Howard’s book..I am committed to the challenge of believing I can do this..I am turning 65 and am not ready to give into the the struggle of Parkinson’s..I am so grateful to have found the positive side of dealing with this and will start the recipe right away..I have come to the point where my handwriting is impossible and typing is a challenge, but I can still read !!!
Thank you Howard and Marie for your continued support and encouragement.
I have recommitted once again! I often have too many irons in the fire and get sidetracked…..squirrel!! The important thing is that I do have faith in healing and believe I too can be free from PD symptoms. I will do it daily- I will persevere- I am recovery and I am extraordinary. We got this!!
Marie, you are an inspiration! It’s wonderful to read that you’ve stayed symptom free. Oh how I pray to say that someday.
Marie, thank you so much for your posts. They are very encouraging.
Sharon in North Carolina
Thank you so much Howard and Marie!
What a story and what incredible inspiration you are. You’ve given me such a shot of encouragement on this cold rainy Nov morning. I am forever grateful for your support and inspiration! Your timing could not be better I am weaning off my meds and there are some tough times, but you guys help me keep my eyes on the prize of RECOVERY !!!!
May the love and blessings you give to everyone be returned to you 1 million times.
Thank you Marie, for your continued support of this community, and thank you Howard, for this website, your book, and your dedication, etc.! I have been following the Recipe since the beginning of June this year. I have had ups and downs in regards to my PD. I still feel that I need medication, but was able to totally get off Sinemet. Also, my neurologist told me this week that I had improved symptoms of PD. This included the Bradykinesia, tremors, walking and balance. So, for whoever is doing the Recipe or considering it, don’t give up. Love yourselves, and detach from negativity. You are worth it! – Andy in Maine
What an inspirational recovery by Marie and nine years symptom free. Thank you for sharing your recovery with love and your continuous encouragement is an inspiration to all of us to follow, Marie.
Not forgetting, Howard, the great motivator and supporter towards our recovery.
This has inspired me to be committed to do the recipe towards RECOVERY.
What an inspiration. Lets all be next….2021 is my year for recovery. Why not join me…
I am so ready to try the recipe. God bless us all.
Thank you Marie and Howard. Your dedication to this community is remarkable and much appreciated. I continue to have faith and hope in the Recipe, My Higher Power, and my soul and heart, so I can let go of worry, anxiety etc.
Love and Light, Pamela
Wonderful picture of Howard and Marie. Marie says she knows how it feels to be ‘consumed’ by Parkinson’s. I am glad that she came to know the consummate joy of complete recovery and wish the same for us all. I am avid for recovery stories, so thank you, Marie, for sharing yours.
‘Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.’ Proverbs 13: 12
Thank you for all the success stories, it helps hearing that. I have been following Howard’s exercises for a year now religiously. I feel great and I know recovery is going to happen. Staying positive and having gratitude.
I am in! I found Howard on the internet late one night this past June.
Howard has been a true blessing in my life, giving me hope. I am expecting a full recovery and have been doing the Recipe everyday since late June.
Thank you all for your comments as they inspire me and keep my faith growing.
We have everything to gain and nothing to lose by committing to doing the Recipe everyday.
Keep the faith!
Thank you Howard!
Hi everyone. My name is Jeannie and I have had PD for over ten years. I never believed the medicines the doctors commanded me to take were going to benefit me in the long run. I confirmed this after connecting with Howard, about two years ago, and doing the recipe. I have great days and not so great days (always bearable) with tremors and now my posture, but I will stay focused, believe “This too shall pass”, increase my faith with God and being extremely grateful for people like Howard and Marie who are very inspiring.