Friday, April 8, 2011

Note to Readers: Part 2

Post 62

Parkinson’s disease was a gathering storm cloud , but I was not reading the weather report.

It’s November 2010 and I was up at 4:30, trying to be quiet and wait for the day to catch up to me.  As a lark, I logged on to Blogger and found that it was  ridiculously easy (from a technical point of view) to blast some words out into the void.   Perhaps it was time that I focus some critical thought on the subject of P.D.  And so, with a few paragraphs I began my exploration into how I viewed the disease. I was ready to look at the forecast.

I soon discovered that there our many newly diagnosed persons just as confused and in denial as I was.  And yet, we were reluctantly eager for information.  P.D., we realized, will impact the decisions we make and effect the lives of those around us.

Over the next few months, I would like to explore the practical considerations of living a good and grateful life despite of the looming storm clouds.

Thank you, Dear Reader, for your encouragement .  Please continue with your emails and comments.

I thought it would be helpful  to revisit the first post.  Here it is.
Introduction: Note to Readers
It began with me just not being able to keep up.
My wife would insist that we go bird watching, tromping through the field to find some bird that, quite frankly, I had probably already seen. I mean, I used to be enthusiastic about such outings, happy to be outdoors and happy to be in the company of my adventurous mate. I was losing my hiking mojo, and I was not happy about it.

What did I need to do? Did I need to spend more time at the gym or change up my workout routine? I had already suffered through rotator cuff problems and had seen an orthopedist and a physical therapist to work through that annoyance. Of course, I did not swing my arms when I walked, my shoulders hurt, and at 50, I was feeling old. Little did I know that I was soon to start a new adventure, one I would not have chosen, but one I will now embrace.

Share my journey with me, dear reader, as I use my journal to recall the recent past and bring you up to the present. Then join me in exploring this nuisance called Parkinson's Disease and my attempt to live a good and full life despite its everyday presence.

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