Author Archives: Laura Kennedy Gould

About Laura Kennedy Gould

Author of magictrickparkinsons.wordpress.com "The Magic Trick -- Life with Parkinson's

Parkinsons and Melanomas

Why do I have a  photo of my late father in this blog?  I have a photo of my handsome, Irish father mostly because Father’s Day is coming up.   But we also share the same Irish face: pale white skin, … Continue reading

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Tom Isaacs, RIP

I just got word from my Canadian buddy and fellow blogger Natasha McCarthy that Tom Isaacs had died unexpectedly on May 31 at age 49.  Natasha and I had both heard Tom speak at the World Parkinsons Conference in Portland … Continue reading

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What to Say to a Person without Parkinsons

The World Parkinson’s Congress has selected its Blogger Partners for its 2019 Congress in Kyoto, Japan.   I had a lot of fun as an “Official Blogger” for the 2016 Congress in Portland, OR, but didn’t apply for this round … Continue reading

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Exercise – Part 2

I got so many heartfelt comments about my exercise post, “Esperanza” that I decided to put these comments together in a new post.  Having other people write my blog sounds like a great setup to me.  Come to think of it, … Continue reading

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Esperanza

When the neurologist first diagnosed me with Parkinson’s, I was surprised but calm.  It was when he said I really should exercise an hour every day that I practically burst into tears.   Exercise for me has always been a … Continue reading

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Do you like breathing? Want to continue?

Do you like breathing? Do you like drinking clean water? Then you should be concerned about Trump’s Executive Orders dismantling Obama’s Clean Power Plan. Action:  Here’s ACTIONS you can take: 1)  Submit your comment to the EPA opposing reversal of … Continue reading

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April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Why is April Parkinson’s Awareness Month? A.  People with Parkinson’s tend to bound like bunnies. B.  There is a shortage of holidays in April. C.  Exposure to Easter Egg dye may cause Parkinson’s. D.  It seems appropriate to recognize Parkinson’s … Continue reading

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Trump wants Parkis to die

OK, this is a deliberately inflammatory headline,  kind of in keeping with the Tweet school of communication from the Trump administration. But I’m mad.  Parkinson’s research is at a very exciting, pivotal time right now and a lot of that … Continue reading

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Be a Stiff for Science!

Hey kids!  Do you want to help out Parkinson’s research?  It’s easy…All you have to do is….die. Of course there are a few requirements: For the Seattle-based program I signed up for, yes, you do need to have PD, be … Continue reading

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Curing Parkinson’s with Pixie Dust

I wrote a post back in 2013 that quoted the average cost of drug development: $1.2 billion over 15 years.  Four years later, it’s probably more than that, but the point is still the same: it would appear to cost way  too … Continue reading

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