In this episode, Allan Cole, a professor and published author in social work and counseling and a person living with young-onset Parkinson’s, discusses:
- The importance of sharing your story
- Why “we” is stronger than “I”
- When to disclose your diagnosis
- Distinguishing between illness and disease
- The importance of focusing on the present moment
- Remembering your own agency
- Misperceptions about Parkinson’s
- The importance of consulting with the experts
- How life can still be VERY good with Parkinson’s
- Getting involved in the Parkinson’s community
- Mindset and how it contributes to “meaning making”
- Asking the question, “Who am I, and who do I want to be?”
- How to maintain hope and use Parkinson’s for good
- Focusing on your present self and abilities
- Embracing your spiritual life, whatever that looks like for you
- An exercise for hope
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- What Are People For? By Wendell Berry
- Biology, Treatments, and Living Well Today with YOPD with Rodolfo Savica, and other recordings from the Victory Summit® Event – YOPD
- David Brooks: A columnist with the New York Times
- Allan Cole’s website: PD Wise
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