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Making Sense of the Senseless

When I was in high school, I followed the written journey of a classmate who was diagnosed with leukemia. Miles Levin struggled to comprehend a senseless battle through the exploration of words. He wore the armor of someone who was too young to fight cancer when he wrote, “Dying is…

I’m Learning Not to Make Assumptions

I have a bad habit of assuming things. You would think (an assumption) that I would have learned by now, but no.  Take today for example.  My husband and I were at the mall this afternoon people-watching in front of the coffee shop. I watched through…

What to Say to Someone with Parkinson’s Disease

You’ve probably read articles with titles like, “10 Things Not to Say to a Person with Parkinson’s.” These typically include statements like, “But you don’t look sick,” or perhaps, “My Uncle Nero had that, and his arms fell off.” You’ve heard the possible and the far-fetched, the comments…

How Our Disease Keeps Pecking Away

Jean Mellano, a fellow contributor at Parkinson’s News Today, recently wrote a column about how this disease keeps taking bits and pieces of us — our abilities, our control of self — and leaves less and less of us day by day. In a reply to a…

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