Author Archives: Lori DePorter

Batman and Robin Battle Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

For Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, I would like to share how Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s have given a daughter and a father a special bond. My dad has Alzheimer’s and I have young-onset Parkinson’s. My mom, or as I call her, Wonder Woman, calls me “the dad whisperer.” But I see…

Sewing and Stitching With Parkinson’s

I met my friend Kathy when she came to our exercise class more than two years ago. She has Parkinson’s, too. Over the past year, we have developed a “big sister, little sister” relationship. Exercising is part of our time together, but we do so much more, including cooking, shopping,…

Fishing for a Parkinson’s Victory

Sometimes you’re living life to the fullest and forgetting Parkinson’s while doing something you never expected. Recently, for me, it was fishing — something outside my comfort zone. Fishing — really? My first adventure was last summer with friends who wanted to share their love of fishing. It was a…

Playing the Parkinson’s Wild Card

“Parkinson’s will not define me.” That was my mantra when I received my diagnosis five years ago. Today, I write about Parkinson’s, participate in Parkinson’s research studies, and teach classes to help others fight Parkinson’s. So, maybe it does define me. I…

The PKG Watch Tells More Than Time

Have you ever left a follow-up appointment with the neurologist that felt unfinished? If you are having a bad day, it shows. But it may not be disease progression, it may just be a bad day. It is hard to convey a true representation of “how we are doing” in…

Go-to Gadgets to Get You Going

Getting started in the morning is one of the most challenging parts of my day. The last dose of medicine is completely gone, and my body feels like an abandoned car. The structure and engine are there, but nothing is running. My body needs a jump-start. For many of us,…

Stumbling Blocks or Stepping Stones?

A few weeks ago, I impulsively purchased a book of “Joy Notes” at a restaurant gift shop. The purpose of the book is to tear out the notes and share them with someone who needs them. Here is one I am sharing with all of you: “God turns…

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