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Day #18

Roll with the changes…
Nothing stays the same… Life is a series of peaks and valleys that’s every changing. There’s no predicting what’s coming down the road and if you’re not quick enough, you can get run over!
As a young man I would have never imagined in my wildest dreams that I would be fast approaching my 65th voyage around the Sun! There was a popular saying back in my youth that went “Don’t Trust Anyone Over 30” Our culture was changing from the Leave it to Beaver mentality of the 50’s to something exciting and new! People were becoming more aware and proactive and a change was in the air… That change was evident in all aspects of life, but most notably in Music. It was a magical time to grow up,and I’m grateful that I got to experience those days first hand.
It wasn’t all flower power and peace and love though…I remember having “long” hair and being ostracized by some people who were just to closed minded to be tolerant of others…The Civil Rights Movement was in full swing, and the brutality that was on the nightly news was shocking. The war in Vietnam was going full steam and young men were dying…
Through all the triumphs and turmoils of that era, we managed to survive! The nuclear war didn’t happen (remembered those drills in school where you’d get under your desk?) we went to the Moon and Woodstock happened!
You may be wondering what this has to do with Parkinson’s Awareness Month… Well, here goes…
With Parkinson’s, as with life, it’s all about being able to adapt to changes. Sometimes those changes are good and you benefit from them…other times not so much. Being flexible to those changes is crucial. As this disease progresses it can bring new challenges and hurdles that you may not be ready for Just like life, you can adapt or fall by the wayside.
This is an exciting time to have Parkinson’s! Just like in the days of my youth, changes are in the air. New technologies are emerging on an almost daily basis, and a better understanding of the root cause of this monster is bringing with it the advent of new treatments and the possibility of a cure…
I understand only to well what this hideous disease feels like and the havoc it wreaks not only physically but emotionally, but just as in life…you either adapt or you get left by the side of the road. I encourage anyone reading this who’s dealing with Parkinson’s to become a Warrior! Learn all you can about your disease…Reach out to others if you need help…Volunteer for a study…Live your life! As difficult as it is from time to time, stay positive and learn to roll with the changes…

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