The person that says that of all diseases one could have, one is lucky to have Parkinson’s Disease, has no idea what they are talking about. Plain and simple. Live the life of a person with Parkinson’s Disease for a few days and your whole outlook on life changes.
I’m resolved to live a life sentence with a disease that has no possibility of parole (as of yet). I’m resolved to do what I can to help bring better treatments and therapies for all of us living with Parkinsons. I’m resolved to do what I can, while I still can, to make a difference in the fight of a lifetime against an insidious disease.
Relief for me would be nice in the form of less nightmares that have me thrashing and screaming and more sleep that comes less and less these days. Relief from having to rely on medications that allow me to move “normally” once they kick in and not have to schedule just about any life activity around taking pills that make life bearable. Relief from the muscle rigidity that makes me feel that I won’t be able to do anything at all in the mornings. Relief from the balance issues that have me constantly looking out for anything that might allow me to topple over. I could go on for a while with these wishes for relief but I won’t bore you with these.
Having written about what I have resolved to do and some of what I wish to have relief from, I must say that I am one of the lucky ones whose symptoms are kept at bay with the medication regimen and the medical care that I receive.
Now…if you see me and ask me how I’m doing, I’ll tell you that I’m doing fine. I may be having the best of days or the worst of days, but I’ll never complain about what I’m going through because there’s not much that can be done about it. My only request for me and for countless others is prayers. I once read that prayer does not change things, prayer changes people and they change things. We all have the capacity to change things that we don’t want or care for in our lives, and that is why I’m resolved to help end this thing called Parkinson’s Disease. Plain and simple, once and for all.