Dear A.R.

I want to thank you for taking the time to call and I want to let you know that you will be okay. I know this because I could hear it in your voice. You may feel a bit lost, without a sense of direction, and perhaps to the point of helplessness, but let me assure you that you are strong. You are strong in faith, you are strong in spirit, and with that, there is no doubt that you will be just fine.

Listening to you share your symptoms only emphasized for me that we in the Parkinson’s community share a bond that is like no other. I’ve often said that just sitting beside another person with similar symptoms and just making eye contact makes us realize without saying a word, that we know what each other is experiencing and feeling.

You’ll soon get the help that you need, and once you do, I ask you to take some time to come to terms with what comes your way. It may seem that your world is crashing down around you, and that is not an abnormal feeling because no one among us wants to be told to brace for the long term. Just a reminder, you are strong.

You will find out some things about yourself that you never knew. You’ll find out that you can handle more than you think possible. You’ll find out that the compassion you had is exponentially increased because you care, because you have been through what others would run away from without a second thought.

Please know that you and your family are not alone. You have many, many people praying for peace, for comfort, for answers that will allow you to have the best quality of life possible. I am here for you. We are here for you. You’re going to be okay, because in case you’ve forgotten, you are strong.

I’ll give you the best advice that a dear friend left me with when I was going through what you’re experiencing, “Chin up! Chin up! You’re going to be okay!”

I pray that God blesses you always and all ways—

My best,



2 thoughts on “The Courage To Call

  1. Beautiful thoughts and well said, Israel. We are all going to be okay because someone else sharing our journey reached back, took our hand, and assured us we would. It doesn’t take much, yet it means so much to the newbies. So, if you haven’t yet done so, look around and see who needs a hand. You will be glad you did.
    sheryl Jedlinski


  2. I couldn’t agree more with Israel. We have a choice on how we face what lies ahead. Choose to embrace the path that the good Lord has set before you. Use this journey to help others and give hope to others in this dark world. Everyone of us with Parkinson’s has a great deal to contribute to the betterment of all.
    God bless,
    Jason Tracy


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