I would like to share with you what I think you need to know in order to live effectively, and if all goes well, overcome the symptoms of PD and restore your health. In determining an appropriate title for this post, I was hesitant to include the number, 18. It’s not a round number, like 10, and it’s big number. I was concerned that it might be overwhelming. But the reality is, PD is a complex condition requiring a comprehensive protocol. You can’t simply treat it with a pill.
Sergio watched quietly from his front deck as a bald eagle soared majestically, high above. Circling on the air currents, it slowly ascended and descended, drifting northwards, then east, without once flapping its powerful wings.
The sight of this magnificent raptor captivated him like a child watching a Disney movie. It reminded him of something he had imagined as a young boy. If he could have one special ability, it would be the natural ability to fly! Yep!
One warm, sunny mid-June day Sergio decided to go for a walk in the forest. He had been to this particular forest many times and felt quite comfortable there. He didn’t consider it special, but he very much enjoyed spending time amongst nature. It was a short drive from his house, just outside of town, a forest frequented by hikers and avid outdoors people.
As a person experiencing the symptoms of PD, I have learned through direct experience that it is extremely important to continually stimulate the body and the mind upon waking and throughout the day!
One warm summer day when Sergio was ten years old he reckons, maybe eleven, he went to the beach with a few friends to enjoy a swim. The beach was a short walk from Sergio’s house and they went there often. In the shallow waters at the far end of beach where the forest begins, they discovered a bunch of fresh water clam shells. The shells had long since been abandonned by the clams, which only have a lifespan of about six months, so they were safe to collect.
Like a lot of kids, growing up, Sergio had some idols! That was okay people told him because positive role models can be quite healthy for a child’s development. Because he loved sports and music, not surprisingly, his idols were athletes and musicians! He wonders what made him think of this walking through the forest as he was on this warm spring day!
Quite often you will hear people say that they are suffering from Parkinson’s … but are we really suffering? Quite often, our perception of suffering is just that, a perception.
For example, a person experiencing loss of balance as one of the symptoms of PD might describe themselves as suffering, but a person experiencing loss of balance due to consuming a few too many drinks at a party might consider themselves to be having a blast.
Gazing out his office window Sergio recalls with fondness and reverence, his grandmother’s birdfeeder. It was the focal point of much of the family’s amusement, conversation and joy! It was also the center of a considerable amount of the education that grandma and grandpa doled out to their always welcome visitors!
The feeder attracted a wide variety of birds, big and small, the most fascinating of which, pretty much everyone agreed, was the chickadee. These tiny, delicate creatures who somehow managed to weather the extreme winter cold and harsh conditions, were quite often the family’s main attraction.
Okay, it’s time for me to get in the game! Lot’s of people all over the world are reaching out in whatever way they can to help others during this time of coronavirus crisis. I would like to contribute by offering something I love to do … write stories. I was already planning to do this for people living with the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, but why not offer to a wider audience.
So, here goes!
The other night, I watched a movie called, Sergio. It was about Brazilian UN diplomat, Sergio Vieira de Mello, who was killed during a suicide bomb attack on the Canal hotel in Baghdad, Iraq in 2003. The movie was intense, dramatic and engaging. I really got into it!
I started writing this blog last week but I was hesitant to post it because I thought people might think I’m just blowing more of the ‘boy-who-cried-wolf’ smoke out my hind end. Then I watched Michael Moore’s interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and I realized I had nothing to fear. We both have the same concerns and are both expressing the same message! So here it is!
Let me begin by saying that it’s so wonderful to see so many people pulling together, being creative and compassionate, while reaching out to entertain and assist others during this time of crisis. Social media sites are being swamped with inspirational videos and acts of kindness!