Fighting Parkinson’s, and living your life…now!

Today is the 19th day of my 30-day November to Remember, No Excuses November, Challenge 2019! Click here to review the challenge. At this point in time ten years ago, I was not doing very well. Here is an excerpt from my Parkinson’s daily journal from ten years ago today:

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Fighting Parkinson’s, and scientific study says brain cells may not be dead

Congratulations! It is November 15th, and you are half-way into my November to Remember, No Excuses November, 30-day Challenge 2019 to do the reduced version of the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®. For some added inspiration, a few days ago a scientific study reported some “unexpected” results: your brain cells may not be dead.

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Fighting Parkinson’s, and Marie is eight years symptom free!

WOW! Marie is eight years symptom free. How inspiring is that! Eight 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!!!

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Fighting Parkinson’s, and inspiration for the kick-off of my 30-day challenge 2019

IT IS HERE!!! Today is the kick-off of my 30-day November to Remember, No Excuses November, Challenge 2019! Click here to review the challenge. I am so excited about how many of you I have heard from who are making a commitment to yourselves to do the scaled-down version of the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® for the 30 days of November. Congratulations to all of you on giving yourselves the gift of working on your Parkinson’s recovery. To kick-off the challenge, here is some inspiration.

In my previous post announcing the 30-day challenge, I encouraged those of you already doing the Recipe to share how you were doing to inspire the new people. Veterans to the Recipe and some new people taking on the challenge posted comments to that blog post. I share them with you here for inspiration to kick-off the challenge.

Paul says:

This is sooooooooooooo great it is beyond words but I will try to say a few things that may help others.
I have recently recommitted to doing every day the recipe and in 1 week I now am awakening at anywhere between 3-5 am with so much energy which was not the case before. I have a new spring in my step, one filled with hope.
I truly believe that this path is like finding an oasis in the desert, such a gift.
ty so much for everything Howard but most of all your continued support and care.

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Margaret says:

Howard – Thank you so much YOU are amazing!!!! Your love, care and commitment fills me with so much gratitude, I can feel the dopamine flow!!!
I am in and take the challenge. How could I pass on doing it?
Since I have been doing the Recipe since February and have experienced great progress I am very encouraged. For the challenge, I plan on practicing deep breathing, calming the mind, joy and gratitude. I also want to be more mindful while doing the physical part of the recipe!
Good luck fellow warriors your energy is contagious – we got this!
WE ARE WORTH IT!!!!

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Tery and Werni says:

Howard, as always, helpful, kind, supporting… the list is endless!! Thanks again for your effort and ideas we appreciate so much!! Let‘s start with this 30-days-challenge, hope and fun inclusive😋!

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Dustin Anderson says:

I’m in!

I’ve been slacking recently as I have been energized by renovating my 130-year-old house, and when I wake up in the morning I want to get through my very long list. 🙂

I’ve had an awesome experience recently at the thrift store that I volunteer at. A man came in with the tremor the other day and I walked up to him and said, “I have one of those too” and smiled. He is about 20+ years older and just started his journey with P. I could tell he was going through a difficult fear stage that I went through myself.

Compassion started to flow, my spirits lifted, and I told him about Howard’s book. It was awesome to be able to uplift a complete stranger.

My symptoms are elevated my typing is getting easier. This is a very rich life experience.

Dustin in Nanaimo

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Elaine Jongsma says:

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 🙂
Elaine J.

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Gina says:

Another encouraging post! Love the photo gallery! Thank you Howard!💗

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Robert F. says:

I’m in! Thank you Howard for giving us all the tools to recover from this condition. It is a real challenge but with your guidance and support it makes everything possible. I’m excited to hear all the positive feedback from others doing the challenge! Come on people, we can do it!

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Anne says:

Dear Howard and fellow brave ones, What a great opportunity to up my game publicly to all of you. I will add to the recipe saying “I love you” in the mirror. I have done it sporadically and always find myself crying and then being able for a moment to feel love for the dear person I am. Looking forward to more of that.
Love to all of us, Anne, Portland, Oregon USA

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Donna says:

Thank you for the challenge Howard. I am definitely in for this. Just a minor interruption for partial knee replacement surgery on the 22nd. I think the recipe will be beneficial in the recovery process.

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Chris Meyer says:

Howard –

Wow, a regular booster shot of relaxation, joy and happiness for the holidays!

I’m always amazed at the thoughtful and comprehensive set of tools you deploy for everyone to use.

I commit to review the tools, daily recipe practice and keeping my attitude joyful and generous.

Thanks again for YOUR wonderful commitment to everyone on the blog!

Let’s go for it, everybody! (In a kind of relaxed and wholesome manner…)

Chris In Wisconsin

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Michael Allen says:

Howard: I appreciate the reminder about the “Nov. 30 Day Challenge” you provided in our recent skype session and e-mailing me the link for signing on to it.

I look forward to full personal Recipe performance during Nov. so count me in.

Howard, Thanks again for being there for us!

Michael in Brooksville, Florida

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Henrik from Sweden says:

Nov.30 last year was a real challenge. That day I had my first appointment with my doctor who told me right away I have PD. I denied it of course…Nov.30 this year I will be celebrating all together with you and the Recipe. I have a new life. I have a happy life!

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For further inspiration, Click Here to see the picture gallery. These are the New Faces of Parkinson’s!

You are not your Parkinson’s symptoms…you are something more than symptoms…you are the loving, beautiful, caring, grateful essence of who you are. The symptoms may go up and down, but you remain strong, solid, and ready to cure yourself from Parkinson’s. Some of the people who posted these comments are just a bit ahead of you on this path toward recovery, and some of them are just like you getting started right now. They are committed to curing themselves from Parkinson’s!

Now it is your turn. Jump in with both feet! Accept the challenge…make the commitment to yourself…grab onto the scaled-down version of the Recipe…make this your November to Remember for your Parkinson’s recovery. And, if you have been doing the Recipe already, re-commit yourself, challenge yourself…make this your November to Remember for your Parkinson’s recovery.

One more bit of inspiration:

Some people may say that it is impossible to recover from Parkinson’s. To them, let’s say:

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” Audrey Hepburn

“I have the power to heal myself.” And I did.
“You have the power to heal yourself.” Marie did. Pratima did. Betty did. Helen did. Tony did. And you are.
“Together we have the power to heal the world.” Every time another person starts down this path to recovery, together we are growing in numbers and we do have the power to heal the world from Parkinson’s.

Make the commitment to yourself for recovery!

Okay, everybody, put big smiles on your faces and chant together so the whole world can hear us kick off the best November to Remember ever:

“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!
I’m possible!

AND, I AM WORTH IT!!!”

All my best,

Howard

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Fighting Parkinson’s, and my 30-day challenge 2019

Welcome to the ninth annual 30-day November to Remember Challenge. The 30-day challenge is coming to you in two parts: 1. to those of you already doing the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®; and 2. to those of you new to the blog and to those who have been inspired about recovery, but who are still thinking about whether or not to do the Recipe. The last eight years have turned out really well for those who decided to accept the challenge and either re-commit to doing the Recipe or begin an abbreviated version of the Recipe. So, here are some thoughts, followed by this year’s challenge.

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Fighting Parkinson’s, and hope, plus faith, plus action

I will be the first one to acknowledge that fighting Parkinson’s requires a lot of hope and a lot of faith. However, I also will be the first one to tell you that no matter how much hope and faith you have in your recovery, hope and faith without action are meaningless in Parkinson’s recovery.

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Fighting Parkinson’s, and your wonderful reality

Reality is here. Reality is what is happening right here, right now. How you perceive reality is a choice. As daunting as this may seem, I am asking you to face reality and make this choice: If you are doing the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery®, then choose to accept that you are doing great!

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Fighting Parkinson’s, and living your life, not your symptoms

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.

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Fighting Parkinson’s, and Happy Birthday Mom

Sunday would be my Mom’s 85th birthday if she was still here. She passed away 12 and 1/2 years ago. As you know, having seen her struggles and the sad ending to the life of a beautiful, kind, loving being, I was highly motivated to take a different path than the one being offered; I decided I would solve Parkinson’s Disease. To my Mom, Lorraine, Happy Birthday! You have helped us all.

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Fighting Parkinson’s, and you are loved

Sally and I were in a card shop recently and I came upon a card that summed up much of what I have been expressing to all of you over the years. I bought the card and brought it home, and I took a picture of the card to share the important message. Here it is.

Now, tell it to yourself: No matter what the ugly voices inside might be saying, let me be the one to tell myself the truth:

I AM LOVED.

I AM WORTHY.

I AM NOT A BURDEN.

I AM SPECIAL SIMPLY BECAUSE I EXIST, A BEAUTIFUL, PRECIOUS SOUL WHO RADIATES! (Okay, that one is from me to you).

You are worth it!!!

All my best,

Howard

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