Search Results Tagged With Peter Dunlap-Shohl

Re-Prioritizing Hopes


With over ten years gone since my diagnosis with Parkinson’s Disease, I’m trying to tamp down my greatest hope. That selfish and obvious hope? Of course, it’s for a PD cure. What’s the problem with…
April 21, 2014

You can't do that!... Can you?


The phrase “You can’t take it with you” is usually used to mock those who care too much about money. But why single out money, when it’s only one of a long list of things you give up when you festinat…
December 19, 2014

Parkinson's Rules


Over the 14 years following my Parkinson’s Disease diagnoses I have developed a body of rules for living with PD. These are not “guidelines” or “suggestions.” The violation of these rules can result…
February 27, 2017

Bicycling through Alaska Winter: Insanity, or Mere Stupidity?


This is the fifth winter in Anchorage I have spent trying to get around mainly by bicycling. If you think it’s stupidity at best or even outright insane for anyone, let alone a person diagnosed 15 yea…
March 27, 2017

Don't Mistake Your Claws For Virtue


The philosopher Nietzsche laughed at the “weaklings who thought themselves good because they had no claws.” A good point, but what about the the tough types who mistake their claws for virtue? Aren’t…
July 17, 2017

Being Defined by Parkinson's Disease


We all hate the idea of being defined by our disease. It’s why we tag ourselves with labels like “Parkinson’s Fighter” or say things like “I’ve got Parkinson’s, Parkinson’s doesn’t have me.” To be def…
July 24, 2017

Parkinson's Takes Guts


Back in the good ol’ days, optimistic and inexplicably naive types would write sentences like "Parkinson’s will be the easiest of the neurodegenerative disorders to fix, because the problem is centere…
July 31, 2017

Diagnosis is a turning point, not a beginning


“You have Parkinson’s Disease.” There is no good way of getting this news. Even as the words enter your world they seem to rearrange it irrevocably and permanently for the worse. How can life be the s…
November 21, 2014

Denial on Trial


Like I said, (and yes, I “protest too much,”) it’s not about me. It’s about you. I just hope you learn from my experience, acknowledge the facts, appreciate what you have and then live according to wh…
August 13, 2015

The joke is on Parkinson's


We know that Parkinson’s can destroy our sense of smell, impair our sense of balance and threaten our sense of dignity. I just discovered recently there is at least one study that claims it can also u…
December 11, 2015

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