The Joys of Travel with an Almost Fully Functional Body

“Anybody can do this when your body works properly” Those are the words I recall frequently exclaiming indignantly to myself as I watched my peers cruise through life seemingly effortlessly as I struggled to do pretty much anything. That included simply walking, talking, and managing to not have a nervous breakdown. I struggled with theseContinue reading “The Joys of Travel with an Almost Fully Functional Body”

Living with Parkinson’s – Five tips for staying Positive.

I have been having so much trouble walking consistently lately. One minute I’m walking pretty well and the next, well… You see with Parkinson’s, everything can be going great. Then, while you’re not paying attention, it will sneak up on you, tap you on the shoulder and when you turn around, punch you directly inContinue reading “Living with Parkinson’s – Five tips for staying Positive.”

The Saga of the Foot (Part 2)

I bet you didn’t know that a foot can be part of a Saga? In this particular Saga, my right foot plays the antagonist. The villainous traiter has exasperated it’s owner with stiffness and pain for decades. Usually a Saga has a brave hero. In this Saga, I play the hapless victim. In the beginningContinue reading “The Saga of the Foot (Part 2)”

The Gift of Parkinson’s

Like a sword forged in fire, Parkinson’s can make us stronger. Parkinson’s is often depicted as a ruthless and relentless taker. And in some sense, this progressive neurological disease is rightfully depicted this way. However, under the right circumstances Parkinson’s can be the gift that keeps on giving. Before I dig into how I haveContinue reading “The Gift of Parkinson’s”

Can’t Shake Me

You CAN do this. CSM can help. People with Parkinson’s (PwP) benefit greatly from regular intense exercise. Actually, everyone does. However, it’s particularly important for those of us living with the degenerative progressive neurological disease called Parkinson’s. Speaking for myself, challenging my body physically seems to magically reduce stiffness, rigidity, slowness, and other symptoms ofContinue reading “Can’t Shake Me”

Parkinson’s and Walking

Parkinson’s challenges you. It takes something that should be simple, like walking and turns it into something substantially more adventurous than it is for non-Parkies. When I’m walking at my very best, I get into what i believe is commonly referred to as a state of “flow”. Where I’m totally absorbed and occupied mentally andContinue reading “Parkinson’s and Walking”

Parkinson’s and relationships

Parkinson’s is difficult in many ways. From walking difficulties, to frequently feeling fatigued, speaking difficulties and….the list just goes on and on. But you know, it’s one thing when the un-invited guest tries to make a mess of my own life. But, I really hate it when the little bastard messes with those with whomContinue reading “Parkinson’s and relationships”