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Wading without a Muse

Tuesday March 05, 2019

I just got an email from my muse. She's at a spa in Palm Springs and won't be any help with today's Tuesday with Terry. So I fired up Instagram, looking for inspiration.

Here's what I found: Baby Shark

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One Grunt, or Two? A Parkinsonian Dialogue

Friday February 08, 2019

Peter Dunlap-Shohl brings a light heart to a heavy symptom of Parkinson's: speech troubles. "In my 17th post-diagnosis year the most aggravation I get on a daily basis from Parkinson's is from problems with speech. I wonder how other animals get along without talking. I certainly can’t." Read more for a thoughtful - and amusing - Parkinsonian dialogue.

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One Look at Community: the Newest Women's Support Group

Monday February 04, 2019

A record number of women living with Parkinson’s turned out for the inaugural group meeting at the Evergreen Booth Gardner Parkinson’s Care Center on Tuesday, January 22, 2019! After listening to and working with the community, NW Parkinson's & EvergreenHealth helped to meet women with Parkinson's need for support. As the only independent local non-profit serving people affected by Parkinson’s in Alaska, Idaho, Montana &  Washington, NW Parkinson's works to help ensure that no one walks the Parkinson's journey alone. Here's how!

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Board Spotlight on Steve Gilbert

Monday January 28, 2019

Steve Gilbert is a neurotoxicologist and the newest member of NW Parkinson's Board of Directors. His work has been steeped in neurological disorders for years—way before his Parkinson's diagnosis. Read more to learn about Steve, including his website on toxicology, plus his personal & professional insight on life with Parkinson's.

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Hang on to Your Shower Cap

Wednesday January 16, 2019

"If you live alone and get stuck while trying to get out of the bathtub, your cat will not be able to help you." Read more for a review - and navigation - of bathtub safety with Parkinson's.

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Joy & Other Winter Odes

Wednesday January 09, 2019

From her kitchen and her pen, Terry shares with us a few ways through winter: "When the weather turns damp and blustery, my thoughts inevitably turn to the joys of comfort food." Read more for her celebratory Ode to Bisquik!

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Punch-Drunk Parkinson's

Monday December 03, 2018

Uppercut - jab - hook! Peter Dunlap-Shohl has found a new side to himself: boxer. He describes the mental and physical experiences of his boxing therapy for Parkinson's, as well as the research that backs him up!

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The Parkinson's Holiday

Wednesday October 31, 2018

So you didn't know that there is an official holiday for Parkinson's? Yeah, it’s Halloween (rim shot, or spooky groan, your call).


Halloween is the time of year we set aside to recognize the importance of ghosts and ghouls and things that go bump in the night. I don’t know about you, but in addition going bump in the night, I often go bump in broad daylight! 


The following content describes an individual experience of Parkinson's, and we recommend that readers defer to their own comfort level with the subject matter before reading this post. NW Parkinson’s strives to recognize  and engage with a variety of perspectives and experiences relating to Parkinson’s. The below represents the opinions and judgements of the author only, and does not necessarily reflect those of Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation.

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Reimagining Our Approach to Parkinson’s

Monday September 24, 2018

Parkinson’s has no scruples. It doesn’t play fair. It hits below the belt. It has no use for the Marquis of Queensbury Rules nor the finer points of dueling etiquette.


What if instead of framing our situation as a battle, we made it our goal to live as well as possible with Parkinson’s? This seemingly more modest aim is actually attainable, and a more humane approach for those of us in the struggle.

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Inattention

Wednesday August 29, 2018

A sudden stinging pain. A sickening realization: the car door was slammed on the fingers of my left hand. Peter Dunlap-Shohl reflects on being vulnerable and the strength that arises from it. 

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