Category Archives: Parkinson’s Basics

Anniversary

With a shock, I realize it’s been five years since the word “Parkinson’s” entered my life. Nearly everyone else who has Parkinson’s tells a tale of gradually becoming aware that something was wrong — “I didn’t know where my feet were … Continue reading

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Discipline

A usual feature of Parkinson’s conferences is The Inspirational Speaker.  I have to admit that I find these speakers….um, inspiring.  The latest speaker I encountered (at an APDA seminar) was Stephen Bergenholtz , just ending his time on the board … Continue reading

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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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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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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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It’s All in Your Head

Depression and anxiety can be symptoms of Parkinson’s, results of having PD, and/or side effects from PD medication.  Yet we still have a stigma about addressing mental health aspects of PD.  “It’s all in your head…just buck up and you’ll … Continue reading

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

I have to confess that my speech therapist concluding that my voice was getting soft due to Parkinson’s just scared the beejeezus out of me.  Why?  I love to talk  and tell tales.  But even more, I love to sing. … Continue reading

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Can you hear me now?

In the last year or so, my Beloved has suffered from “husband deafness”.    Even when I am talking in a perfectly well-modulated conversational tone, he complains that he can’t hear me.  I urged my husband to get a hearing … Continue reading

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I Love to Laugh

You’ve probably been reading about “fake news” and our new “post-factual environment”.  So you can imagine how dubious I was when I scanned through my Facebook and saw one of those “sponsored pages” (i.e., an ad).  The page was from … Continue reading

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“Fox it Forward” on Giving Tuesday, November 29

You know the drill:  Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday.   Way too much stuff (and stuffing).  To counteract all that buying, now there’s a new holiday event that focuses on giving: Giving Tuesday.  In 2015, over 700,000 people from 70 … Continue reading

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