I can’t say with any certainty when it began.
As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, firm in the faith, I understood none of us are exempt from trials that will test us. But I also knew many of our trials are a consequence of prior bad choices. Because I was born with a strong healthy constitution and had a health conscious life style, complete with nutritional supplements, herbs & essential oils I felt like a candidate for one who could live to witness the second coming of Christ.
John & I raised ten children of our own, and as circumstances permitted we were professional parents to numerous special needs young people, then for nearly 16 years we operated a licensed Family Group child care in our home. We lived on an acre of land and had an amazing garden and all sorts of fruit trees and berries. I felt like my life style afforded me all the exercise I needed.
In the spring of 2015, I noticed it was difficult to move around in the cherry tree while picking. But when I climbed into the apple tree to string lights for our youngest daughter’s wedding in June of 2015… I knew my days of tree climbing were over.
After moving to Lady Lake, I transitioned to a holistic Dr. stating I had lots of abnormal symptoms. None, by themselves were serious, but I wondered if together they might be indicative of a bigger problem? April 30th 2018, by process of elimination and observation, Dr.Kraucak determined my diagnosis to be Parkinson’s Disease. For me, having a name meant I no longer needed to wonder why I had such a soft voice and drooling, why my hands were so weak, while playing family games, I couldn’t hold cards to shuffle and my handwriting was so small and unintelligible. A name meant I now understood why I felt like my feet struggled to keep up with my head and I couldn’t balance enough to participate in a water exercise class, etc..
It has taken NINE months since I received the name to target my research efforts… but now I am ready to begin to blog.
I am DELIGHTED to have you here. If you haven’t done so already, please browse the website to learn more. I will try to make it easy for you, by linking my blog entries to the INDEX page,to facilitate your search for specific topics.
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I have already learned so much on this journey with Parkinson’s disease. I saw a blog called Parkinstand hosted by a lovely African lady seeking to locate other people of African ethnicity. I was prompted to create a forum where people of my faith could share their experiences to strengthen one another.
I can’t wait to share all that, and more, with you!