My mother was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2000. It was a shock to our family to say the least. My mother is the rock of our family.
She is the kindred spirit that brings everything to life. She is passionate about life, has an amazing talent for decorating, loves crafts, creating, attending her grandchildren’s events and SHOPPING. I remember our 12-hour shopping shifts.
To witness her freedom of movement being robbed from her over the years (especially within the past two years) has been very difficult. With her strong spiritual faith, she faced this disease head on and continues to "Dance in the Rain."
When she gets down she turns the negatives into positives. When she has her "on" days she is so elated and happy that she can do the simple tasks we take for granted every day (like brushing our teeth, dusting, etc).
The "on" days are few and far between anymore, but when her medications start to kick in, she calls it her "Parki-Dance," which makes me smile. As a caregiver, I don't know all the answers or what to expect in the future, but I know I must keep educating myself to be prepared.
She truly is an inspiration and I just want to recognize her and tell her Happy Mother’s Day!
Love you to the Moon and Back Mom!