Every day really is a gift. I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease 5 1/2 years ago. I was walking down a beach and noticed my arm was stiff and still. I of course checked the internet to find out what was wrong. After the neurologist confirmed my diagnosis, he said; " There is not much you can do except exercise and take medicine. "
I quickly found what works for me. I just returned from Zambaia. I travel and sew up a storm. I choose not to become a victim to this disease.
This is what I do:
1. I Stay off the internet & avoid meetings. I became so depressed reading about how bad my future was going to be.
2. I Read uplifting books like, Michael J Fox's books.
3. I tried something new to engage my brain. I started playing RummyQ and Five Crowns.
4. I Spend more time with my family and friends.
5. 18 months ago I started sewing Quilts, Travel Kits, Baby Bundles and more. It relaxes my mind, makes me feel like I am accomplishing something and I have something to give to the people I love. I made quilt #51 yesterday.
6. I learned to ask for help not just offer my help.
7. I communicate my feelings on good and bad days.
8. I learned to meditate.
9. I found weekly massages ease my stiffness and pain.
10. Diet and exercise.
Basically I know I am so blessed to feel loved by my family and friends. My three daughters who all serve on the Faile Foundation with me, accompanied me to Zambia. They are such a joy. They attended meetings and pitched in to help. They gave me the respect of standing right with me incase I needed them, but allowing me to do what I wanted. They handled the details so I could concentrate on the dedication of The Tyiende Pamodzi Women's Club' s Hall. Having PD robs me of energy and I quickly become mentally overloaded. I have to prioritize how to spend my time. Since I do not know if tomorrow will be a good day or not, I cram everything into today. I try not to put off what I want to do. Luckily I have a husband who is willing to cook meals, do dishes etc. so that I can sew and sew. Of course I have the double whammy of having a mechanical heart valve which requires me to test my blood weekly and watch everything I eat. But so far so good. How lucky I am.
Next week read about our trip to Zambia.
Ideas for life.
Information on this website is personal to me and in no way is an endorsement of a product, medical advice or advice for child rearing. Travel advice is only for you to get ideas and not a guarantee of a perfect vacation. The creations I make are for my friends and family. I can only share how I make my creations with you and I am not responsible for your creations.