August 4, 2009

I’m In

Watching my inbox for a message from the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) felt reminiscent of days, way back when, awaiting college acceptance letters. For both, I’d wondered if I’d be invited to learn from those who dedicate their lives to study, and take that knowledge into the work I do with others.  Somehow, this time it seemed even more crucial a role. Approval of my application arrived yesterday. I now have the honor of participating in the 2009 PDF Clinical Research Learning Institute. I’m in.  So, why did I stare at the message and cry? For me, staying balanced – physically and emotionally –  with PD can sometimes mean disregarding that I have it. It’s not a denial, not an escape from reality. Rather, it is simply part of the balancing act. Timing when my meds are on, for example, has become second nature. I know when I can go […]
July 19, 2009

Trudy, Trudy, Trudy

Who doesn’t remember when you learned to ride a bike? A number of studies report on the benefits of exercise – paticularly bicycling. And while it seems an innate talent, PD’s balance issues can keep us out of the saddle. If you’re eager to pedal but stymied by staying upright on two wheels, meet Trudy:
July 13, 2009

A Little Bird Told Me

I learned something the other day from a feathered pet that fits on my finger. It makes me wonder if Billy Bob the Lovebird was a yogi in his past life because, beyond his flexible, acrobatic ability is his instinctive sense of ahimsa, a non-harming, natural gentleness with himself. Read more about it in my guest blog, Smart Bird, on the Life with Dystonia site: