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Day #11

When life gives you lemons…
Parkinson’s Disease can give you bushels of lemons 🍋 it’s up to you what to make with them.
When I was growing up in my hometown life was a little challenging at times, to put it mildly. For a while there was a point in time when my own two feet were my only option for getting from one place to another. Working at a few factory jobs was how I earned my meager existence all the while dreaming of being a full time musician. The kindness of others kept me alive…
Eventually, the dream became a reality and I was able to make a decent living as a guitarist and vocalist locally. The rest as they say is history.
During the early days, I didn’t understand how life worked at all (I’m still trying to figure it out) and often turned to alcohol and drugs in an attempt to “dull my pain” not realizing that the events of the day were shaping who I would eventually become.
Fast forward to today. The music career is over but a new one has begun…Nowadays I advocate for others who are going through the horrible effects of Parkinson’s Disease and I believe the years standing in front of an audience with my guitar led me to that! Most times when I’m giving a talk about my experience with PD, it’s a shoot from the hip…no script presentation…much like jamming with a band! I don’t get nervous or have any kind of stage fright. The reaction of the audience is very similar to what a show would be with people hanging on every word, and after the presentation is over, there’s always those people who want to hear more and speak to me one on one.
It’s a great feeling to be able to bring a bit of hope into the lives of others and I’m honored to be able to… Maybe next time I do a talk we’ll have lemonade! 🍋

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