The Bright Side - a Column by Jamie Askari

Jamie is the managing director of Premier Health Advocates, LLC, a small medical advocacy organization in Cleveland, Ohio. Her husband was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s disease in 2009, before his 40th birthday. Jamie and her husband have three grown children: Lexy who is an attorney, Mandy who is completing her MBA and dietetic internship, and Jake who is an undergraduate student studying finance and neuroscience. She has named her column “The Bright Side” (actually, her husband named it!) because of the couple’s positive attitude regarding PD and everything in their life.

Asking for help is not a sign of weakness

“Until we can receive with an open heart, we are never really giving with an open heart. When we attach judgment to receiving help, we knowingly or unknowingly attach judgment to giving help.” — Brené Brown, “The Gifts of Imperfection” All patients with Parkinson’s disease slowly but surely…