It’s the little things that are a constant reminder…..
The pill boxes next to my bed, in the kitchen, in my purse
The stiffness in my ankle when I get up in the morning
The shaky foot when driving
The arm that doesn’t swing properly
The sleepless nights
The smile that isn’t quite right
The internal tremors
The foot that doesn’t lift quite enough to clear the steps
Losing my grip on the tennis racket mid-swing
The anxiety that builds up when sitting still too long at the dinner table, at a meeting or even watching tv.
The difficulty just writing an address on an envelope.
It’s those little things that are a constant reminder that Parkinson’s is still there, even though my meds are working well. It’s those little things that are not necessarily “just getting older”, but may be signs of changes in Parkinson’s. It’s those little things that remind me to cherish every day and enjoy life, because someday those little things may become bigger things unless a cure is found soon.
200 years after James Parkinson defined the “Shaking Palsy”, we are still looking for The Cure. Let’s not wait another 200 years. Current research seems to be getting closer to more effective treatments, and maybe even the elusive cure. This month is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Do your part and get the word out, advocate for PD research, educate others about living with PD. Together, we can help to find the cure.