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Sunshine and Showers

I love the sunshine. I feel motivated when a day begins with it. I find it such a struggle otherwise and so I am not looking forward to the autumn – on that level. However autumn is such a colorful time of the year. I really enjoy my photography, and the garden gives me lots of photo opportunities.

Gardening with Parkinson’s

I’ve had Parkinson’s now for over 5 years, and initially I could do most things that I had done before developing it. However as time goes on I find myself more tired, and it’s more of a struggle to keep going and awake. Being in the garden makes such a difference. This year I have picked fruit, done weeding from a chair, and planted seeds and then put my pots in the greenhouse. So certainly on dull or raining days I can get out if only to work inside the greenhouse. I can work on my tubs, water them and keep them interesting to look at.

Communication system

My husband helps as some things are too difficult now, and I sometimes need him to talk me through what I need to do if I get stuck. That’s often because I can’t work out where to put my legs to get up again if I have worked for example on a border. We have a system whereby I keep my mobile in my pocket so that I can contact him if he is indoors.

Focusing on what I can do

When I first had problems outside e.g. falling, we made the decision that I would use a stick to help with my balance. There have been times when I feel that working outside will become too much, but I’m trying to focus on what I can do rather than what I can’t. I’m hoping that it can become part of my routine throughout the year now that we have sorted a few issues out.

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  • Jessica.Hall moderator
    6 months ago

    @helenlinda, I love starting my day with sunshine as well! 🙂 It sounds like you and your husband have a wonderful, supportive relationship, which is so heart-warming. I love your attitude- focusing on what you can do and making it work for you! It really is inspiring. Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us. Wishing you and your husband a weekend filled with sunshine. Kindly, Jessica- Team

  • helenlinda author
    6 months ago

    Thank you Jessica for taking the time to comment. – much appreciated 🙂

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