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Day #1

Eight years ago I had the idea to write a Social Media post every day for the Month of April; which is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. It became a book (thanks Edward Huerta) Recently I was reading said book and decided to make another one with the same format of thirty posts, one for each day of the month…

There’s been tremendous changes not only in the life of yours truly, but life for each of us is vastly different from eight short years ago!

It’s my sincere hope that you enjoy this adventure we’re about to take together and that by reading these daily posts you can come away with a little more information about Parkinson’s. Even though it’s being written from my perspective, it’s truly the story of you…my friends, family and even strangers whose love, compassion and support are the driving force behind what keeps me moving forward!

There’s several things that I mentioned in the first book that I can say for certain make all the difference between living a productive and happy life and wallowing in self pity and I’ll be touching on them in future posts.

The first is exercise! I can’t stress enough how crucial it is to keep moving! I’m now in my twelfth year of dealing with this Beast, and can say for certain that without exercise my progression would be much further than it is at this time!

Exercise is not only beneficial for physical health but it works wonders for your mental health as well.

Personally, I enjoy my morning walk around my neighborhood. There’s always something new to see and encounter and that keeps my mind fresh! I see other people who are walking dogs, pushing strollers or just sitting on their porch and the interaction with them is something that makes me feel better! Twice a week I go to a Physical Therapist, Dr.Physio Therapy and Wellness Center, and they have tailored an exercise plan for me specifically.

Karen has agreed to give me a portion of our home for a small gym for the in between sessions and on the rare occasion that I don’t work out…I feel it!
My takeaway from this story is that you don’t have to run a marathon or do hours every day at the gym to achieve results. Walking to the end of your driveway and back or parking a bit further than you would at the grocery store will make a huge difference in how you feel! Parkinson’s is a disease that moves, for the most part,slowly and robs you of your joy (If you let it) by exercising, even a small amount, you are saying that you are NOT going quietly!

Just remember “A little bit of something is better than a lot of nothing “ See you out there!

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