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Listen: Unlocking Parkinson's Disease

Tuesday September 29, 2015

Science Friday - In 1985, science journalist Jon Palfreman investigated a group of drug addicts who were struck with Parkinson’s-like symptoms after taking tainted heroin. Thirty years later, Palfreman was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. In his book Brain Storms, he describes having Parkinson’s as “going on vacation in another country and having to drive on the ‘wrong’ side of the road.” Palfreman describes his own journey with the disease and discusses new treatments for Parkinson’s patients.

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Book Review: If I Can Climb Kilimanjaro, Why Can't I Brush My Teeth?

Monday September 21, 2015

Nan Little's new book, If I Can Climb MT. Kilimanjaro, why can’t I brush my teeth? Courage, Tenacity & Love Meet Parkinson’s Disease, proves that an indomitable spirit can accomplish the unthinkable and even conquer the impossible.

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QUIZ: How well do you know your Parkinson’s Disease?

Friday September 11, 2015

To complete the quiz, you’ll need a pen, a pencil, or a stick to note your answers; an encyclopedic knowledge of Parkinson’s disease, or access to a reliable search engine; dogged perseverance; a sense of humor. Choose as many of the answers as seem true to you.

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The Evolution of HOPE

Friday September 11, 2015

We sat down with Pete Beidler, Parkinson's Ambassador Extraordinaire, to hear his thoughts on living with Parkinson's, the HOPE Conference and volunteering with NWPF.

PB: Get on over to Bellevue on Saturday, September 26! You’ll be stimulated by the speakers, the breakout sessions, the camaraderie, the food, the information tables, and especially, in the main hall, being welcomed by Peter the Sweeter Greeter!

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Living with Hope

Friday September 04, 2015

We sat down with Terry Harrigan, NWPF's Volunteer Director of Engagement, to hear her thoughts on living with Parkinson's, the HOPE Conference and volunteering with NWPF.

TH: I am happier now than I have ever been in my life. I am not happy because I have Parkinson’s, I am happy in spite of having Parkinson’s. I’ve made a conscious decision to live my life the best way I can!

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Notes on Hope

Friday August 28, 2015

September 26, 2015 is the day the NWPF’s Annual HOPE Conference will be held. I, like many of you have already registered to attend. Since signing up I have found myself reflecting and initiating conversations on what hope means to us, PWPs, and to our care partners.

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Tug, tug, tug

Monday August 24, 2015

"What's it feel like to have Parkinson's?"

This was the gist of a conversation I was having recently with a friend whose father also has the disease. I enjoyed the conversation so much that it inspired me to make it my next blog post!

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Denial on Trial

Thursday August 13, 2015

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 whatever seems to you best in light of reality. To live as though these things matter.

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Flowers in Our Hair

Monday August 03, 2015

My dad and I went to San Francisco a few weeks ago to meet with Dr. Phillip Starr, neurosurgeon and genuine human.

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Resilience: Bouncing Back from Adversity

Tuesday July 28, 2015

“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

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