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How has Parkinson's shaped how you view your life?

As we acknowledge Parkinson's Awareness Month, we're discussing how people with PD can find a middle ground despite the challenges that may arise.

  1. Parkinson’s has shaped how I view my life by helping me look for the good around me even more than I did before. I have found new things to teach and have had my life enriched by people I would not have met if it wasn’t for PD. Lorraine, Parkinsonsdisease.net moderator

    1. One of the best choices I made after being diagnosed with PD was to volunteer within the PD community. The world looks different (better) when we are supporting each other.

      1. That's amazing! Support is so important. April - ParkinsonsDisease.net Team

    2. BE POSITIVE. ADAPT YOUR LIFE.TO TO THE NEW SITUATION, AND ENJOY IT,DESPITE SOME UNWELCOME PERIODS..EXERCISE BY WALKING,AT YOUR OWN SPEED(I TEND TO AMBLE OR SAUNTER. MAINTAIN YOUR INDEPENDENCE BY DOING EVERYTHING YOURSELF WITHOUT ASSISTANCE.

      1. Thank you for your positive and uplifting comment. I look at life with a "CAN-DO" attitude, rather than a "CAN'T-DO" one. This focus is on a positive outlook. Adapt each day for future success! Good Luck!-Marc Mitnick, Moderator/Advocate, www.parkinsonsdisease.net

    3. I AM LEADING A CLASS OF 29(4 MEN/25 WOMEN)IN MAHJONG/CANASTA FOR U3A(UNIVERSITY OF 3RD AGE) I ALSO USED TO DO DO TAI CHI,BUT MY KNEES ARE SHOT.AT U3A RETIRED PEOPLE HAVE SKILLS THAT CAN BE PASSED ON AND ENJOYED BY OTHER PEOPLE WHO WISH TO LEARN NEW THINGS,THEY HAD NO TIME FOR WHEN THEY WERE WORKING. YOU CAN JOIN BOOK CLUBS,LEARN CHESS,OTHER BOARD GAMES, LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE, SEWING,KNITTING, COOKING,LINE DANCING,SINGING, JUST BECAUSE ONE RETIRES,DOESN'T MEAN THERE IS NOTHING TO DO.IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMAIN POSITIVE AND DO THINGS. DON'T SIT ALL DAY WATCHING TV.I DO READ A LOT OF BOOKS AND OCCUPY MYSELF WITH CROSSWORDS, WHEN MY FEET ARE("Dancing "😉., WHEN MY ATE DANCING, IT IS LIKE RUNNING A MARATHON. I PANT, SHORTEN MY BREATH AND PERSPIRE. TO COUNTER MY PANTING I CHEW GUM TO KEEP MY MOUTH SHUT.WHEN THAN HAPPENS ITAKE MY TABLETS AND IF IT DOES'T STOP I TAKE ANOTHER DOSE. I CAN'T GO TO SLEEP WHEN I AM DANCING. WHEN IT STOPS I TAKE HALF A SLEEPING TABLET. I SLEEP GENERALLY 3 to 4 hours a night, THEREFORE I DON'T GO TO BED BEFORE 1 TO 2 O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING. THERE, YOU ADAPT YOUR LIFE ACCORDINGLY..BE POSITIVE.!!!AND YOU WILL FIND EVERYTHING EASIER. MOPING IS GETTING YOU NOWHERE..Y MOTHER HAD PARKINSON (LASTED 18 YEARS BEFORE SHE DIED OF A HEART ATTACK. THAT WILL BE THE WAY WE WILL FINALLY GO(THE HEART WILL GO DUE TO IT BEING OVERWORKED).HOWEVER THAT IS STILL A LONG WAY OFF.SO ENJOY YOURSELF AND DON'T WORRY ABOUT TOMORROW, IT WILL TAKE CARE OF ITSELF.

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