A Full Life
Los Altos, CA
I was stunned when my suspicions about having Parkinson’s were confirmed by a Neurologist about 12 or 13 years ago. I felt it was a death notice. And while it ultimately may be that, I have had a full life since and look forward to continuing indefinitely.
I am fortunate to have a very slow progressing case. My hands tremor somewhat, my walking pace has shortened and stiffened a bit and my writing has become a bit crimped. But, hey, nothing I can’t live with. I am now 80 years old and they don’t appreciably adversely affect the quality of my life. I take ropinirole and carbidopa-levo to minimize these minimal impairments.
I now walk a treadmill five days a week for 30 minutes a day (Sat & Sun I become a sloth), garden, read, fiddle with investments, am an active participant in Alcoholics Anonymous and have been a Court Appointed Special Advocate for four years for a foster boy. He is now 16 and has some troubles, but we’ve developed a close relationship, spend time together every week and are good friends. I find the AA and CASA involvement to be very fulfilling. I also visit and spend time with a relative and a family friend, 95 and 101, respectively, at least once a month.
When times get a bit stressful I recite the Serenity Prayer:
God grant me
The serenity to accept that which I cannot change
Courage to change that which I can
And wisdom to know the difference
I feel blessed that my disease is slowly progressing.
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