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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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Is there anything good about Parkinson's Disease?

Friday October 24, 2014

I was informed recently I have a “bad attitude” toward my disease. This got me thinking. Is there anything good about Parkinson’s Disease? Does its extensive resume of mayhem boast an item of community service I overlooked? Some instance of kindness or mercy I missed? Some redeeming quality everyone but me could see? Had I, Heaven forbid, done PD wrong?

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PD & Creativity

Friday September 26, 2014

What does Parkinson's tell us about creativity? About artists? Is creativity truly enhanced by PD therapies or is it there all along, dormant, only to be unmasked by them? Peter Dunlap-Shohl muses on PD and creativity.

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How Could I Be So Wrong?

Tuesday August 26, 2014

It’s hard to avoid a bit of hysteria on being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. To be scientifically rational and ruthlessly objective is hard even under the best circumstances. Nobody would confuse a PD diagnosis with the best of circumstances. One could even argue a little hysteria is an under-reaction to news of being stalked by a disorder that relentlessly hollows out those it afflicts until death.

The grimmest part? You are helpless to stop it. How can this be? In our present days of miracle and wonder, we carry little magic tablets that can conjure images of loved ones and allow interaction from a continent away. We travel thousands of miles in a few hours, watching the clouds from above. We even return from death regularly in emergency rooms across the World, relieved, grateful, but not especially surprised. The fact that, in the midst of this everyday sorcery, we somehow forgot to cure Parkinson’s Disease seems almost negligent.

Talk about pent up demand! After all these years, we are eager to embrace whatever holds the promise of curing, or at least slowing the inexorable progression of this disease. So recent news that a phase three trial of CoQ10 came up empty was disappointing.

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Re-Prioritizing Hopes

Monday April 21, 2014

With over ten years gone since my diagnosis with Parkinson’s Disease, I’m trying to tamp down my greatest hope. That selfish and obvious hope? Of course, it’s for a PD cure.

What’s the problem with hoping for a cure? In the abstract, there is nothing wrong with this. In fact it’s impossible not to hope for such a thing if you have this collection of afflictions we call Parkinson’s Disease.

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