At the beginning of the year, I posted, “Fighting Parkinson’s, and 2023…the year of change!” Today, we reach the end of the first quarter, so I am checking in to see how everybody is doing. I am hopeful that change has been wonderful!
In my first blog post of the year, I wrote:
“What do I mean by change? Doing something differently, making subtle adjustments to what one is doing, and acknowledging that whatever you were doing when you got Parkinson’s will need to be changed at some level for you to get out of Parkinson’s.
As the year progresses, I will continue to work on this theme of change. As I have discussed in the past, I saw Parkinson’s as a symptom that my life had gotten out of balance physically, mentally, and spiritually. So, I needed to change back to my authentic self in what I was doing, what I was thinking, and how I was feeling.
This was not easy because I had become accustomed to the me I had become, the out-of-balance me. However, the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® was my road map to bring balance back into my life, and I have been fully recovered from Parkinson’s for 12.5 years.”
Okay. We are at the end of the first quarter of the year. If you wish to post a comment, please let us know what change or changes have you made physically, mentally, and/or spiritually that have moved you forward in your recovery journey?
You can do this!
You are worth it!!!
All my best,
(Thank you for the birthday wishes from last week’s blog post)
I am 9 months into your Recipe. I do 1 hr in the morning and half an hour in the afternoon. I have cut refined sugar out of my diet completely. No cakes, pastries etc for me. I am now a vegetarian and have lost all excess weight. I am also dairy free and gluten free. No chocolate for me this Easter! Also have cut out bread which has balanced my bowels…phew! I walk for at least half an hour mornings and half an hour afternoons on the treadmill. I have cut down from 9 Levodopa tablets to 8 but am finding it difficult to cut down any more at present because my legs get ‘restless’ and go like jelly. I thank God every night when I go to sleep for my life here on earth and all the things in life that I am grateful for. I have your book by my bed so when I find I’m struggling, I just read the parts I have highlighted as a pick me up. It always works! I look forward to a full recovery one day.
Thank you Howard! You are with me every day.
Love and Blessings,
Elaine, you are an inspiration! Thank you. Helen
Hi Howard and fellow warriors,
This quarter has been one of a lot of spiritual growth for me. I have learned a lot about myself and fear. I am gradually learning to let go of it and it feels really good. As fear goes down joy and gratitude are increasing. I’m also learning to love myself more. I feel subtle changes such as my body feels more energetic, lighter and more flexible. I am also continuing to gradually decrease my meds.
Thank you Howard for checking in. Sometimes you feel you’re standing still, but when you look back you realize you are changing and for that I am really grateful.
Love to all of you, and here’s to continued change!!!!
Thanks I love this invitation. Just last night I did something so different for me. I joined our community sauna! Everyone was glad to see me and I stayed for a whole half hour! Next week I want to stay longer. It’s not for any health reasons. It’s the power of changing things up. I look forward to more big and little changes to try.
Recently I realised how much I have evolved through this process.
I will go past an intersection that I have a vivid memory of being behind another vehicle at the stop light and instead of waiting to turn right (in Canada) I drove two wheels up onto the sidewalk to get around the other vehicle. I wouldn’t conceive of doing something so impatient now.
I used to peak out the peephole at our front door everytime I walked by it. Not anymore.
I have grown so much through this difficult and very rewarding experience.
You’re a legend Howard!
Love and light to all.
My changes? Seeing prayer and praying and opening up endless spiritual channels to be more like rivers and streams and less like separate events.
Accepting that so much of my life now moves at a slower pace. Starting to learn that the Recipe guides me–I do not guide the Recipe.
The biggest change has been my attitude: I’ve always thought that I was a positive person. However I became aware of negative thinking going on automatically under the surface of my awareness. I never thought of myself as a victim, but the thinking showed I was trapped in a cycle of explaining, blaming, and complaining. So my mantra is: don’t explain, blame, or complain — just feel and don’t judge; all is well and my best is good enough. This is shifting my relationship to this condition and will empower me to make more positive changes. Onward & upward!
I am starting to laugh and smile more as a way to jumpstart
my joy and dopamine cycles.
I’m becoming more open to letting go of things out of my control, and accepting what’s occurring in my life. I’m more aware that whatever happens or has happened is okay, that God’s plan is in place. I feel very grateful, knowing he has my back! 🦋💕
I relate to every one of these heartfelt posts. It’s so good to read what the others have shared it makes me feel good that we are all going through similar experiences. I’m seeing how I have let my mind rule me so much.
Now like John I am not blaming, or I catch myself judging and pep talk to myself and let it go. This is such a valuable website for us that you have set up for us Howard. Thank you for lighting the way.
I was diagnosed with PD last August. Just purchased your book, looking forward to it!