Taking a different path, Quarantine & Webinars

Here is my latest post published yesterday on Parkinsonsdisease.net

On the Road Not Taken

By Sharon Krischer · March 17, 2020

illustration from Parkinsonsdisease.net

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost

Each person with Parkinson’s has a different story to tell. Some are diagnosed immediately, others take years.  Our symptoms and rate of progression will vary. So do our medications. It can be so overwhelming, especially when you have just been diagnosed.

I like to tell people to talk to more than one person with PD because no one’s story will be the same as yours.  As in Robert Frost’s famous poem, “The Road Not Taken,” each of us will have to make a choice. We can be passive and give up or do everything that we can to live well with it, recognizing that there is no one right answer for all of us.  continue reading here

Keeping busy while under quarantine

How are you coping with the enforced quarantine? Are you going stir crazy yet? Are your children concerned about every move you make? How about your partner or caregiver?

It can be difficult to maintain any sense of motivation while under “house arrest”. Apathy can take over if you are not vigilant. You need to exercise, but those naps that you take while watching tv or reading a book are so wonderful, why bother with exercise. And so the downward spiral begins.

Mr. Twitchy and I are binge watching a lot of tv, but finding it hard to get moving on those projects that we were saving for a rainy day. Well, the rainy day is here and we need to take advantage of it. We have boxes and boxes of photos that I have started going through. Remember when you actually used film and got duplicates photos when you developed it? And all of those scenery shots from who knows where? In the trash! 3 boxes down to 1 1/2. 17 to go. For you multi-taskers out there, go through the photos while binge watching Mad Men or Breaking Bad. You won’t feel that you have totally wasted the last 5 hours watching tv.


Bored? Find a webinar to participate in. There are so many out there. Every Parkinson’s organization is hosting numerous web based activities. Even Twitchy Woman has gotten on board with our very first webinar on Sunday, March 22 at 10:00 am PDT. Kristie Scott, life coach and woman with PD will share what she’s learned so far living with Parkinson’s, and give us some helpful tips on coping with the challenging times we’re in.Learn about Kristie and her Evolution Cards on her website:  https://www.evolvewithkristie.com Evolution Cards sold on Amazon and Kristie’s website. (not required for the meeting).

For more information click here. Registration not required but please rsvp to Twitchywoman18@gmail.com so that I can have an idea how many will join the call. I hope that we will continue to have these webinars on a regular basis while we are all stuck at home. If you know someone who would be a great presenter, please contact me.

Need some ideas for activities? Someone posted this on Facebook and there are a lot of great ideas for things to do.

Found on Facebook


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A Note To My Readers

I love to see your comments and get your emails as we share our collective experiences. But based on a couple of private questions from some of you, remember, I am just a lay person and a patient like the rest of you. For medical and similar advice, you need to talk to your own doctor

Twitchy Woman

Twitchy Women partners with the Parkinson’s Wellness Fund to ensure we have the resources to offer peer support for women with Parkinson’s.