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Lies That Parkinson's Disease Told Me

Monday December 19, 2016

Yes, I should have known better than to trust Parkinson’s Disease. PD is not our friend. It spends its time and energy devising ways to mess us up. There seems to be no part of the human experience beyond the reach of this tireless troublemaker. I know this. So I should have been on my guard. But I believed when it whispered the following lies in my ear.

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The Rain Is Shining — A Thanksgiving Message

Monday November 21, 2016

Thanksgiving gives us the opportunity to teach our friends and family, by our own example, how to deal with an unfortunate deal, how to smile through our mask, how to love what we have rather than wish we didn’t have it.

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Book Review - H.O.P.E.: Four Keys to a Better Quality of Life for Parkinson's

Tuesday November 15, 2016

One of the most engaging books about Parkinson’s disease was written by Hal Newsom, a Seattle-based advertising executive. Diagnosed at age 66, he lived with the disease for more than two decades. He was active in the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation and helped start the annual HOPE Conference®, now in its eleventh year.

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Book Review: Nan Little

Tuesday September 06, 2016

Nan Little’s name will be familiar to many as the driving force behind the local Pedaling for Parkinson’s program. She has been a frequent speaker at support groups and conferences. She has a doctorate in anthropology and is well-versed in Parkinson’s. Her book is honest, brave, and not for the faint-hearted.

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Life's a Lot Better with NWPF

Monday August 29, 2016

A conversation with A.C. Woolnough, member of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council, a PDF Research Advocate and an assistant state director for Parkinson’s Action Network in Idaho.

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Dare to Attend a Support Group

Monday August 01, 2016

You are in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease. You cope well with symptoms, and when your trusty meds are well adjusted, so are you. Most people, in the course of casual contact, can’t even tell you are undergoing a slow motion brain injury. Why should you clutter your busy schedule with a support group meeting?

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Ten for David

Monday July 25, 2016

On Saturday, June 4, 2016, Peter G. Beidler gave the opening remarks at a seminar on treatment options for Parkinson’s disease at a PD University seminar at Skyline in central Seattle. We asked him if we could publish his remarks in the Parkinson’s Post.

Content Warning: Death with Dignity

[This] is a realistic scenario that many who have Parkinson's or who love someone with Parkinson's will want to read. Some may find it depressing to learn in so much honest detail about what this disease can do to people, and to the families of people, with the disease.

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Time After Time: Kim Farmer's Story

Thursday July 14, 2016

Kim Farmer didn’t have the time. That’s the only thing he knew for certain when the director of advertising sales for Microsoft’s Bing division fired off an email as the 2015 calendar year wound to a close. With a busy work schedule, a family that included two young children and all the other demands of life, Farmer had pretty much everything she wanted … except for time.

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Contentment

Monday June 13, 2016

In December of 2015 I took a leave of absence from my nursing career that has turned into my taking a permanent leave due to my Parkinson's. Most of us have had dreams of what it might be like to take early retirement, hit the beach and live the high life. Well, my reality is not quite that. Don't get me wrong. It's not that it's been so bad, it's just that it's not been that great.

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Parkinson's and Free Will

Monday June 06, 2016

If anything should drive you into the arms of philosophy, it would be Parkinson’s Disease. Once you are diagnosed, all sorts of philosophical problems are in your face. Plus, you have lots of new time to ponder them. Like between steps as you shuffle from the refrigerator to the sink. Questions like the classics “Why are humans (and I might add, all but the simplest life forms) born to suffer and die?” or “ What is the purpose of life?” certainly come up in bold relief. But one that PD brings into especially sharp focus is “Does anyone have free will?”

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