Secrets to Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease
My heart aches every time someone shares their story of how Parkinson’s disease has devastated their life. I was recently reflecting on my ten year battle with PD. I realized that I was very fortunate to have been open minded to some alternative therapies that have helped me beat back most of the major symptoms of Parkinson’s. I feel compelled to share some of the things that have worked for me. I pray that you are open minded enough to let me share them with you.
Despite the number of organizations and researchers in the Parkinson’s community striving to find a cure, millions of people with Parkinson’s and their carepartners are struggling to find the best way to cope with this degenerative disease. I have spent most of the last ten years spreading a message of the power of a positive attitude. It’s time to take it to the next step.
This article is the first in a four part series on ways I have discovered to overcome some of the debilitating effects of PD. If I can help just one person with Parkinson’s live better with the disease then my efforts in writing these articles will not be wasted.
I realize that everyone’s Parkinson’s journey is different, and that there’s no guarantee that what has helped me defeat a PD symptom will help everyone. The question is, are you willing to have an open mind to try some new things that may help you have a better quality of life? I hope the answer is Yes.
Just to be clear, I’m not selling any product or service. I just want to share what has worked for me in the hopes that that knowledge will help improve someone else’s life.
How have these techniques/treatments helped me? I can honestly say that I have fewer tremors, less muscle rigidity, better balance, and am in better physical shape now than I was ten years ago. Don’t get me wrong, Parkinson’s disease has still affected me. My stamina, concentration, and multi-tasking abilities are not what they used to be. That said, all in all my Parkinson’s symptoms have decreased rather than increased over the years.
The four secrets that have helped me beat back my Parkinson’s symptoms are simple to do, but require an open mind. My first secret to living well with Parkinson’s disease is to: Adopt the attitude that you are not a victim. Despite how worried you may be about your future, or how PD may be affecting you physically, don’t let any part of the victim mentality seep into your thoughts. Start by accepting the fact that Parkinson’s is part of your life and take the next step by committing to the decision that you have options to help you make the most out of your days.
Even though you were diagnosed with a supposedly incurable disease, your mindset must be that you are not powerless against Parkinson’s disease and that you will find a way to maximize what you can control. I decided that I could control my exercise program, what I ate, what therapies I would try, and how I would or wouldn’t let PD stop me from enjoying life. You can too. It simply starts with a decision.
In the next article in this series we’ll talk about what I consider a more important factor in managing PD than your medicine. Until then; be the Victor not the Victim!