Like many others, the beginning of my journey with Parkinson’s that began in 2012 has been messy and difficult. Aside from a constant tremor in my right hand and a dragging right leg, I identified as a recluse, prone to panic attacks, and lived life from the couch. The first two years following my diagnosis threw me into a downward spiral, feeling withdrawn from my family and finding it easier to deny what I had. However, after an exhausting initial phase of denial and going through the five stages of grief, I found acceptance of my diagnosis. With that acceptance, I got off the couch and reclaimed my life which has, in many respects, become more rewarding, fulfilling, and meaningful than at any time before my diagnosis. By sharing my story, I hope to inspire others to live their most authentic and best lives with Parkinson’s.
Living well with Parkinson’s means accepting the tragic things that happen on the journey of life while having the tenacity, resilience, and determination to be successful and happy in the face of that adversity. Adversity can often be a better teacher than success. After ten years of living with this, I hope to help others get to their point of acceptance far sooner than I did and start to live their best, most authentic lives possible.