Giving Thanks

In honor of Thanksgiving, I want to share 10 things that I am thankful for while living with Parkinson’s Disease.

10.   Getting by on little sleep gives us much more time to spend playing  games on our iPads in the middle of the night, while we are deluding ourselves into thinking that these games may actually help our brain cells regenerate.

9.  We can blame our Obsessive/Compulsive behaviors (see #10) on our medications and the non-Parkies will believe us.

8.  Waking up at 5:00 am doesn’t seem so early anymore.   But why am I always late to my 8:30 yoga class? (See #10.   Still playing those stupid games on my iPad)

7.  I can do things with my left hand now that I would not have been able to do if that damn tremor in my right hand didn’t act up when I am trying to do something like eating, writing, brushing my teeth……you fill in the blanks

6.  Living with PD has taught me to be more pro-active about my health.  I keep up with the latest research and always go to my doctor with a list of questions and concerns.

5.  All of the new friends that I have made who also have PD.  We can laugh and cry together about things that non-Parkies would never understand.

4.   Fortunately I have a slowly progressing form of PD, which is controlled by meds.  Better living through Chemistry is my mantra.

3.  Laughing with PD.  When all else fails, I can always blame stupid things I do on that !?@$#  tremor.

2.  Loving with PD means cherishing the life my husband and I have together and making adjustments as we need to when that @$#% Tremor gets in the way again.

1.  Living with PD has enabled me to reach out to others like you, hopefully making all of our lives just a little bit better

5 thoughts on “Giving Thanks

  1. elysepiper

    Thanks for the uplifting post. I can so relate to many things on your list and  love the humor. I am most definitely interested in the Yoga for pd. Will be anxious for that DVD to be released. Wishing you and your family a healthy and bountiful Thanksgiving. And thank you for all you do.Elyse 

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  2. Hugo van der Brugge

    Dear Sharon, thanks for your article on how to be grateful having Parkinson’s. As I read your 10 points, I thought of how my life without P would have been. I would still trust my body to be healthy, I would still have my Job, I would still have been married and still live in the same house. None of these exist anymore. It’s great for you if you’re thankful, but can you imagine that there are others out there that aren’t so grateful? Furthermore, I don’t blame P for anything, I don’t talk about it unless people ask me to, I don’t misuse it as an excuse for anything. Having P is just bad luck. Do you or I deserve it? Of course not. But do we, in all honesty and respect, deserve to be treated as anyone else? YES. That’s precisely the message that you and I should be spreading, and let us not pretend to be grateful for having bad luck!

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    1. Hugo,
      No one wants to have PD, and yes, we all wish we could return to what was once “Normal” for us. No, I am not thankful for having PD, but after 6 years of dealing with it, along with having gone through breast cancer treatment, I am thankful that I am doing so well. About half of my Top 10 are humorous takes on common complaints among all of us with PD. I am sure you have also experienced the sleepless nights and other common complaints among Parkies. Strange as it may seem, many of us have discovered new creative skills after our PD diagnosis. For me, I was always artistic, but did not enjoy writing. In the last year, I have found that writing about PD has given me a new outlet for my creativity, which is definitely something to be grateful for. I have been able to share my experiences with others and hopefully inspire a few to be more pro-active about taking care of themselves.
      Many PD bloggers do use humor to talk about PD. I recommend that you look at Parkinson’s Humor by Yuma Bev and Mariette Robijn . Both of them spread the message that we need to be treated as anyone else is, with humor and with grace. As it is often said, laughter is the best medicine and that holds true for Parkinson’s as well.

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