“I will not be defined by Parkinson’s.” I have heard and used some form of this statement more times than I can recall over the past seven years since I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. While I understand the feeling behind the statement, I’m still left with a bit of unease
Lesson 6: Pay Attention In lesson 5 I talked about taking advantage of good fortune when it comes our way. Sometimes recognizing those gifts isn’t easy, which is why it’s so important to pay attention. To this day I still smile when I think of the edge we gained over the other teams on the
Lesson 5: Take Every Advantage We do our best to set reasonable goals, but part of persevering is being ready when an unexpected opportunity turns up. Take the U-Turn. After we used it in the race many howled that we’d been poor sports. Not true. It’s a fair part of the game,
Live Your Best Lesson 2: Understand the Nature of Luck You just might get lucky—and that’s not being trite. During our race, Lady Luck showed up a number of times on our behalf. As I’ve said before, it’s those who stay in the race who so often seem to get lucky.
Live Your Best Lesson 1: Let Go of the Happiness Myth What’s the difference between happiness and joy? Happiness is an ice cream on a warm summer day. Joy is infinitely more than being made to feel good by our circumstances. I like this definition by Rick Warren—that joy is
Discoveries made along my Parkinson’s journey Exercise and Parkinson’s. If you have PD you have been bombarded since diagnosis with the message that you need to exercise. Whether it’s dance or walking, running or resistance training, swimming or boxing, the message is relentless that you should be physically active. Enough