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Learning Is a Lifelong Process; Make Sure You Keep It Going

Parkinson’s disease changes many aspects of life, but it doesn’t control everything. Knowledge is power. If you have Parkinson’s, choose to keep learning. Educating yourself on the latest research, treatment options, and everything else about the disease is essential. However, pursuing other interests is equally important. Surround yourself…

Relief From My Parkinson’s Symptoms Is Elusive but Attainable

I can’t lie to myself. When I’m having a bad day and feeling miserable, it’s extremely hard to shift toward calmness, and nearly impossible to convince myself I feel OK. Positive thinking has no way to get a foothold on my physical, mental, or emotional weather-beaten doorsteps. When I am…

My Mornings Are Broken Due to Parkinson’s Disease

When Cat Stevens sang “Morning has broken,” the lyrics were referring to the rejuvenation of the sunrise. That doesn’t happen for me as someone with Parkinson’s disease. It starts with what I call the 4 a.m. four-alarm wake-up call. It’s head-to-toe body pain, sweating, and an erection…

Leaving a Research Study Can Be Hard, but Still Helpful

Research studies and clinical trials are crucial for the development of new treatment options for Parkinson’s disease, as well as finding a cure. Enrolling in them is a commitment by both the investigators and the participants. If you are considering applying for a clinical trial or research…

My Self-management Toolkit Helps Me Steer Parkinson’s Disease

Neo, my friendly brain conversationalist who engages with Mrs. Dr. C, inquiries about the Parkinson’s disease (PD) self-management toolkit. “It seems overwhelming.” Mrs. Dr. C suggests, “Would a review of the ideas, one by one, help?” Neo nods and gets comfortable. “I’ve read all the columns, but I do…

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