August 24, 2013 | by Darcy Blake | I’m now 5 1/2 weeks into my Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery recovery. I’m in a holding pattern—aka hold that shake—working with my doctor to find the right electrical impulse program to stop the tremor in my hand. It can take up to 6 months to find the right impulse formula that works after surgery. I’ve already had the disappointment of having the tremor stop and restart. I was desperate for some relief and I knew from pre-surgery success with walking sticks, that walking was bound to help. Five days ago, I began walking without the sticks, walking only a portion of my route to build up tolerance. Yesterday, I was able to go for my full 40-minute walk—not fast like before—but with the sticks. Today, I repeated my success and I’m overjoyed. Not only do I have complete relief from shaking while walking, but the exercise alleviates the rigidity enormously throughout the day by relaxing the arm. This is the single best thing that has helped my tremor to date. I’m so thankful for my Activators.