August 15, 2014 | by Darcy Blake | It’s a thing that happens when you’re diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. The bad news comes with something good, and suddenly, you’ve got that certain knowing that you’re going to do everything you can for as long as you can to support awareness of Parkinson’s Disease. You don’t have to be rich or famous to receive your call. All you need is the diagnosis, and the realization quickly comes to you, like a follow-up visit.
I’ll bet if you look around, many, if not most of us who have PD are up for helping people with Parkinson’s Disease, even if it is by simply supporting each other. This is a miraculous thing. We’ve been given an exquisite gift to act upon without thought or hesitation. This is our purpose in life and our time to give. Through giving, we are blessed with the goodness of life.
When tragedy such as suicide strikes it is almost incongruous to imagine that it could be associated with Parkinson’s Disease, whose community is so dedicated to being positive, improvement-oriented, and life-sustaining.
“If anyone is feeling alone, overwhelmed, or facing depression, please reach out. Or if you know of someone who seems withdrawn, depressed, or isolated, please reach out. There is always light, sometimes it just takes another person to help guide the way, or to wait out the night,” said the folks at Ride With Larry, the film about Larry, whose 20-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease doesn’t stop him from taking an arduous 300-mile bike ride across South Dakota.
“You can live a long and healthy life with Parkinson’s. Be aggressive, it is quite treatable,” said Dr. Michael Okun, National Medical Director at the National Parkinson Foundation and author of Parkinson’s Treatment: 10 Secrets to a Happier Life.
PD friend Cindy DeLuz puts it like this: “I think the most poignant gift I’ve been given is a soul awakening. It sounds corny, but like the beloved character in E.T., my heartlight began to glow. Simply put, I discovered a connection with higher spirit; my life suddenly began to hold more meaning. I began to understand that the key to moving through the challenge was to face the fear itself.”
Jan Holland-Hill, another Parkinson Women Support friend of ours says, “No one wishes for a disease like Parkinson’s…..but I have gained such gifts from it. Most of all, I am now trying to live life without the burden of fear. Because…life is short, for all of us. What power that unleashes! No longer afraid…to voice my opinion, speak in public, or to just tell someone they’re wonderful.”
Leslie Davidson, a fellow PD friend says, “If someone offered to take away the PD but also all the astonishingly beautiful growth and connections I have made because of it, I would have a very difficult choice to make.”
Whether or not you are famous, remember that there is so much to contribute and to receive if you have Parkinson’s Disease, and you must never feel that you are alone. We will always be here for you.
About Parkinson’s Women Support
The mission of Parkinson’s Women Support is to offer moral support, encouragement and camaraderie for women who are either Parkinson’s Disease patients or caregivers. Check out our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/parkinsonswomen