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Parkinson's Pundit

Friday February 20, 2015

Parkinson’s is complicated, and complicating. Among the things you now must weigh when making plans, and coping with your new reality is the question “should I tell people I have PD?”

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Perseverance

Sunday February 15, 2015

I’ve had a few people not openly deride the fact that I was on a reality television show but come close. In truth I get it.

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Making Spousal Relationships Work

Friday February 06, 2015

This Valentine’s Day, along with the cards, flowers and dining out, let us give our ourselves and spouses, who are often our stressed caregivers, an additional gift—seven conversations on the art of strengthening our relationships.

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Parkinson’s and Luck

Friday January 23, 2015

I was diagnosed at 43 years old with Parkinson’s Disease. Bad luck, right? I suppose. I hadn’t done anything conscious to court the disease, and had none apparent in my family history. It was just a miserable turn of the cards. If not luck, what is it that determines who suffers from PD and who doesn’t? What other explanation could there be?

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Resolve to be a Better Caregiver!

Friday January 16, 2015

“Yeah, sure,” you say. “I’m already over my head in running errands and doctors appointments and staying up half the night with my loved one—and on and on. I can hardly do what has to be done. How can I be better?”

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Update from the Parkinson's Action Network

Friday January 16, 2015

On January 6, members of the 114th Congress were officially sworn in, and the House and Senate opened their legislative sessions for the year. In various media reports, articles, and blogs, you may have seen a lot of speculation about the new Republican majority and even concern about the potential for increased partisan gridlock.

Some of that may be true, and it's kind of the 'palace intrigue' of American politics these days, but I see something a little different.

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Strength. Courage.

Friday January 16, 2015

I'll never forget the physical strength of my mother. She would care for elderly people in our home for many years. She is a slight woman but was, in her day, incredibly strong. I would watch her reposition large, bed-ridden men by herself, and only after going into nursing myself, did I appreciate the strength she possessed.

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Strategies to Achieve our New Year’s Resolutions and Goals

Friday January 09, 2015

“What keeps me going is goals.” -Muhammad Ali

A year comes to an end and new one begins. It is the season when many of us enthusiastically commit to abandon old habits and acquire new ones. We might resolve to lose weight, adhere to an exercise routine, repair a broken relationship with a loved one, or deepen spirituality. The choices are endless.

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Movement is Medicine

Friday January 02, 2015

Everyday takes courage to fight Parkinson’s. Adding exercise in your daily life puts you back in control, empowering you over this disease by not allowing it to define you. Getting started is the most difficult part, but a good first step is signing up for the Dance for Parkinson’s program. Classes are growing, and by joining, you will understand how daily exercise restores independence, helps treat depression, and makes you smile.

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Hello from Canada!

Wednesday December 31, 2014

Hello from Canada! It is a real honor for me that Steve Wright and the gang at Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation have asked me to be a regular contributing writer for this blog. It is my hope that whatever your connection to the conversation around Parkinson's Disease, you will be encouraged to 'Live Your Best' by my contributions.

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