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December Blog

Losing a Step The moment it happened, I didn’t feel panic. No ominous music disturbed the calm of my afternoon walk, no menacing shadow fell across my path. No one whispered “run!’ urgently in my ear (Much good that would have done, with Parkinson’s, running is not my strong suit.)  The temperature did not drop. The birds continued to…

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November Blog

Life Unfinished I used to tell myself that after 30 years of life, every extra year was gravy. A look at life lengths over the years backs me up. Life before civilization was “nasty, brutish and short” in the words of English social philosopher Thomas Hobbes, and the numbers are grim.  According to web site very well health “After…

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October Blog

Can you get used to Parkinson’s Disease? After 20 years with a Parkinson’s diagnosis, it seems like a reasonable question. Can you get used to Parkinson’s Disease? Does the passage of time soften the blows? Does memory of your prior self fade, and are the wounds inflicted by the disease healed by time? Does the unsteadiness, the quietness of…

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September Blog

Beating the odds: Ganging up on Parkinson’s Disease My movement disorders specialist was a touch annoyed with me. I can see why. I was balking at following some advice she had given me, advice which was informed by years of experience and training, advice which I was, in fact, paying her to give me. But it wasn’t advice I…

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Pass to Pass Continued

Irene reported in on Pass to Pass Trips 4 and 5 between White and Chinook passes. The llamas favorite part was the chance for a dust bath! The people enjoyed the beautiful weather, spectacular views, wildflower blooms, lakes warm enough to swim in, participating in the teamwork required for rough trails and managing llamas, and many great conversations on…

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Laws of Motion

“A body in motion tends to remain in motion. A body at rest tends to remain at rest.” Sir Issac Newton didn’t just describe the laws of motion for all matter larger than sub-atomic particles, he also described one of the principles of living with Parkinson’s Disease. If you move your body, you will tend to keep moving your…

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Guest Blog

Public Service — Medicine for Parkinson’s Disease Guest Blogger Bill Clugston A missing neurotransmitter, dopamine, is the source of Parkinson’s Disease symptoms. This particular brain chemical helps to regulate muscle control and motion. But it also performs several other subtle tasks. It encourages us to take on daily tasks. This neurotransmitter also helps us feel good. It’s a chemical…

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Parkinson’s and Creativity

How can Parkinson’s change your life? More ways than you care to count. One of the least expected: PD, or more exactly, treatments for it, can  supercharge your creativity, fueling a creative bender that can be delightful or disruptive. I first encountered formal interest in this phenomenon about a decade ago in a report on a paper by a…

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Father’s Day Tribute

Father’s Day Tribute A Father and Daughter Fundraiser to support Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation, a great-new idea!  Lesley Masin Grosvenor wanted to help raise funds for an organization that has been a valuable resource of services and socialization for her dad Bob Masin, who has Parkinson’s Disease.   Bob was diagnosed with Parkinson’s over a year ago. He is totally dedicated to managing…

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Keeping Parkinson’s in its Place

June 1, 2022 Keeping Parkinson’s in its Place Parkinson’s Disease seems to leave its fingerprints on every aspect of our lives. It affects our families, our jobs, the things we do in our leisure time, the way we spend our money, our plans for the future, our plans for dinner. It changes the way we experience the world through…

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