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What Exactly Is Deep Brain Stimulation?

If I were to ask someone “What is DBS?”, they might reply something like: “Deep brain stimulation. Yeah, that’s it. DBS … Deep brain stimulation.” That’s good, but not the definition. And another interviewee: “Well, it’s a surgical procedure that involves cutting into the brain and putting…

The Old Me Versus the New Me

I used to be happy. I used to be a lot of fun. Or, so I’ve been told. What happened to me? The me who used to not have to take pills to feel good? The me who used to laugh all the time with others and dance…

Parkinson’s Disease and the ‘C’ Word

You’ve seen the commercials about diarrhea. It’s not something to be embarrassed about, but we try to make light of it by calling it by some other name like the runs, the squirts, the trots, Montezuma’s revenge, or the really polite word: dysentery. When it comes down to…

I Will Fear No More

Often when I am tired, feeling sorry for myself, or in need of encouragement and truth, I pick up and read my Bible. Sometimes I am inspired to mix up the message (hopefully without mixing up the meaning), and in doing so, it becomes much more personal. The…

Becoming Childlike … Again

I was watching my 3-year-old grandson this past week. He was having a difficult day. There have been several adjustments in his little life lately. Daddy’s job is taking him away for five months straight. We can understand time, but a 3-year-old wonders where daddy is at the…

Having an Attitude of Gratitude

In 2011, Ann Voskamp’s “One Thousand Gifts” hit the bookstore shelves and almost immediately became a bestseller. After struggling with different issues throughout her life and her days, Ann tried a different approach to counterattack the darkness she so often found herself trapped in. She began a…

Dancing for Dopamine

I have been starving for music lately. I am not great at technology stuff, and my husband has much of our media set up so that if I get ahold of the remote control for the music-player thingy, it’s safe to say my husband will soon be working…

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