“It is well with my soul”

I have compiled a few writings from other positive, upbeat Parkies. I’d like to take a survey. please type * 1, *2, *3, *4, or *5 on the comment below and let me know which excerpt resonates the best message. Thanks.

Ian Robertson wrote: * 1 “I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, BUT.. how others see your body mannerisms is the start of how they will perceive you, and you haven’t yet said a word. The start of being judged and or evaluated in life by others, whether it is sports, academia or by physical disorders, is usually done Visually. So to get someone to react positively to you it all starts by showing that you are someone positive to be around.”

  • 2 ‘And I think the message is:  Don’t ever let them make you think your life is over! Keep your calm wits about you, use your head, it’s NOT dead.’

Christine Bacon wrote:
* 3 “We do need to be as positive & proactive as possible or will get overwhelmed and ineffective in dealing with our bodies health issues. However it is a process, even a grieving process, for what we have lost and might loose. Everyone deals with this differently and in our own time.That is truth. And it takes time to work thru it all. Those who seem “less positive” or even negative need to be able to express some of those feelings to get to healthier thinking and then the ability to move forward. And better to be gently sympathetic, understanding and encouraging, lifting up. rather than critical & impatient, beating down One cannot be where he isn’t just because you or I think he should be there!. I personally am not at a place where I am thankful or feeling blessed about having PD. I struggle daily to be positive & to find the energy to act to do what I know I have to do to feel better. But I am certain God loves me & can use this for good, if I let Him. And I intend to eventually make peace with PD, but don’t think we will ever be friends!

Michael McCaughey wrote:
* 4 “…sound like I’m splitting hairs but I always cringe a little when I hear people say “I’m fighting Parkinson’s” or fighting cancer or whatever they’ve decided they don’t want. Anything you fight weakens you and anything you’re for empowers you. I am not fighting Parkinson’s, I am for a healthy body. I am for a healthy lifestyle. I focus on creating the best version of me. I want to know what you are for, not what you are against. Whatever we put our attention on grows. If all we think about everyday is Parkinson’s and how bad it is and fighting Parkinson’s and the terrible symptoms, that is what will grow in our experience. Choose to focus on the good in your life and that will begin to grow. Think of and focus on all the little things that we do that make us feel better. It’s different for everyone but it may be exercise, meditation, healthy diet, visiting with your grandchildren or even just counting the things that we are grateful for.”

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Give Yourself Permission

Give yourself permission to celebrate Every Victory … every moment, regardless of how small, when you were able to overcome a symptom.

Give yourself permission to brouse the INDEX of my blog, to find entries which may be of interest to you.

Healthy Parkies give themselves a break if they’re having a difficult day. They don’t view their lack of efficiency as negative or need to take an afternoon nap as lazy. They don’t compare themselves to their Pre-Parkinson’s self. They accept that they might not be able to complete all the tasks that they attempted to do but in turn, celebrate what they did get done that day.