Each month, we spotlight Moments of Victory® from people in our community. Today, we are happy to feature Sree Sripathy, one of our Davis Phinney Foundation Ambassadors who lives in the San Fransisco Bay Area.
briefly describe your journey since diagnosis
After my Parkinson’s diagnosis, I went all-in on educating myself about Parkinson’s. I bought dozens of books, joined support groups, attended the World Parkinson Congress (WPC), found women to connect with, and created a space so we could connect with each other. I’ve slowed down since then and have had some apathetic and tough times, but overall I’m doing okay.
How do you live well each day?
What has helped me live well is connecting with others who are trying to live well with Parkinson’s. Whether it’s through social media, texts, phone calls, or video messages, that daily connection is vital to my well-being.
what do you wish you had known when you were diagnosed with parkinson’s
I wish I had understood how important consistency is, how important exercise is, how important everything is! I really wish I had known how hormones, menstrual cycles, and nutritional choices affect how I live with Parkinson’s. The former is not spoken of enough, but the conversation is slowly getting there.
What do you wish everyone living with Parkinson’s knew about living well?
I wish living well with Parkinson’s meant not having Parkinson’s at all! That is what I’d really like. Even though I’m an Ambassador, the “living well” language isn’t a perfect fit for me. I choose to frame it as just doing my best every day. I’m realizing more and more that my best often has to do with breathing. Having an awareness of my breath has been a huge shift for me. There is much power in how we breathe, and what we take in and absorb. Not trying to control the breath but being aware of it, how it flows through our body, and how there are pauses in the inhale and exhale is enormously empowering. I think everyone could benefit from having that awareness.
SHARE YOUR VICTORY
Each month, we spotlight people from our Parkinson’s community who embody living well today – what we call Moments of Victory®. Your story, like Sree’s, could be featured on our blog and Facebook page so others can learn from your experiences and victories.
Thank you to Supernus for sponsoring Moments of Victory posts in 2022 that highlight our Ambassadors.