Gardening and Writing Bring Healing to Parkinson’s

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by Sherri Woodbridge |

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I love gardening. Besides writing, it is what I most enjoy.

I have learned so much from digging in the dirt, whether I am planting something into freshly cultivated soil or digging up something that has recently withered away. No matter what task I do on any particular day, I always end up with lessons gleaned from my time there.

I was mulling over what to plant this year and deciding what I had the energy to do. I don’t have a huge front or back yard by any means. However, it feels like it has become larger each year as I have become weaker and more tired.

It wouldn’t be as cumbersome if I had the energy I once had. I remember when I was younger, I literally worked outdoors from sunup to sundown, and I never grew tired of it.

But I am older now, and I have this disease called Parkinson’s, which can and does limit what I can do. When I go outdoors to work in my garden, I have to do so with a physical or mental checklist of what I most want to accomplish on that particular day. I know I only have a limited amount of time I can give to my flower and vegetable beds before the pain sends me back into the house.

Once I am inside, I turn to my keyboard and I begin to type. 

I began writing when I was a young girl. I found comfort and joy in the process, whether writing poems, children’s books, devotionals, journal entries, or other things. I found — and still do — that writing brings healing to my spirit, even if it has become a slower process as of late.

Whether I am feeling down or confused, I can usually write or dig myself out of the negative feelings I may be struggling with. If my fingers refuse to cooperate, I go back outside after my medication has kicked in and the pain is more tolerable, and I pull some weeds.

Or better yet, I’ll cut some flowers and bring a bouquet of sunshine indoors with me, which is a sure way to bring a smile to my face.


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