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Fall on Me

Monday November 29, 2021

"The truth is, I’m leery as the next guy to share my status as a person with a disability. Especially by way of a glaring, blaring  advertisement such as use of a walker. Darn it, I may be sick, but I still have a healthy ego. So why do I have no objection to using the poles?" Read more from Peter Dunlap-Shohl!

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"The Day Finally Came": Bryan Hill Shares His PD Journey

Monday November 22, 2021

"Parkinson’s has been a part of my life since the day I was born. My mother was diagnosed with EOPD in her early 20s and lived with it for 37 years. For me, the diagnosis came two months before my wedding date. I was 31 at the time. It would be years before I went public with the news. Instead, my wife Julia and I kept my diagnosis between us with the exception of a few close family members and friends.


A few short months ago, Julia and I welcomed our son Forrest into the world. Together we had agreed (prior to his arrival) that I would publicly disclose my diagnosis once he was born. We wanted him to grow up without the burden of a family secret. The day finally came. I shared my story on social media and the love and support I received in return was heartwarming – so much that it inspired me to give back to the PD community."

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Ralph's Bench: Sharing in the Memory

Monday November 15, 2021

"Linda is in Bellevue Park every day, walking her dog, Oliver. The park recently underwent an expansion adding additional benches. Her friend encouraged her to have a bench for her husband, Ralph, who passed away 2 years ago, reminding Linda how visiting his wife’s bench was a great comfort to him." Read more about Linda's bench for Ralph, including the process of how she made it happen.

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Parkinson Pete Reviews "Parkinson's Warrior" by Nick Pernisco

Friday November 05, 2021

"How does thinking of [Parkinson's] as a malicious enemy willfully trying to destroy us help us to retaliate? Does Pernisco have the right to assume that we all want to “retaliate,” that we all want to be “warriors” who “fight back”?" Read Pete Beidler's Review of "Parkinson's Warrior" here!

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PD Pop Quiz II

Monday November 01, 2021

"Here it is, the return of the PD pop quiz! This is your chance to let stress aggravate your symptoms as you pit your PD knowledge against a battery of Parkinson’s stumpers. You can’t expect to cope well with something you don’t know much about. This test will give you a sense of where you are in the Parkinson’s knowledge spectrum." Take Peter Dunlap-Shohl's quiz here!

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Dancing with Llamas

Wednesday October 27, 2021

"Parkinson's takes away many activities from our lives. The ability to experience nature and the outdoors is an activity that many Persons with Parkinson's lose. At least one organization in the Pacific Northwest is trying to prevent that loss. Pass to Pass (PtoP) is that organization." Read more from community member and hiker, Bill Clugston!

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Parkinson Pete Reviews "Ending Parkinson's Disease: A Prescription for Action"

Friday October 15, 2021

"I read Ending Parkinson’s Disease with eager anticipation. Were these four medical men really going to tell the world how to end Parkinsons disease? Did they really have a prescription for curing it?" Read Parkinson Pete's review here!

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In Memory of Robbie Davis

Wednesday October 06, 2021

Thank you for honoring Robbie and for raising funds awareness and in his name for the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation. From Robbie's friend, Tom Engdahl: "Robbie Davis was a beloved member of the Courtland Park Gang, a group of friends who grew up together and have been friends for over 60 years. Robbie loved golf and continued to play despite his 18-year battle with Parkinson’s." Read more here.

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What I Like about Parkinson's

Friday October 01, 2021

Kvetch, kvetch, kvetch, is that all you can do? Why don’t you say something nice about Parkinson’s Disease (PD)  for a change? Well… as they say at Starbucks, that’s a tall order, but alright. I’ll make a list of all the things I like about about PD.

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Unlearning to Walk

Wednesday September 01, 2021

"One of the most frustrating things about Parkinson’s is losing skills you worked hard to master, skills fundamental to everyday existence and formerly performed easily without a second thought. Take walking. 


Walking is described as a series of controlled falls. Walking with advanced PD can be described as a series of uncontrolled falls. While falling can be a blow to your self-esteem, it can raise your opinion of your fellow humans. To see another person fall awakens the empathic response in many people. A visible tumble will elicit cries of “Are you alright?” from total strangers, who will make a fuss over you, offering comfort and advice, ignoring the normal custom of avoiding involvement with people they don’t know." Read more from this latest blog post by Peter Dunlap-Shohl.

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