I am pleased to tell you that I have started to recover from PD. A few weeks ago while driving home after karate, I realized I was driving better [straighter], and when I thought about it, I also realized that my symptoms had not progressed in the last couple of months. In fact, in some cases, they had actually improved. The trembling I had been experiencing was less noticeable, my voice was stronger and there was less tightness in my throat. I was also moving better and blowing my nose better [I’ll save you the gory details on this one].
I was ecstatic and in that moment I felt quite emotional. This is been a long, sometimes rough journey, particularly the previous six months during which I hit rock bottom, and it felt like I could finally take a breath.
I have been monitoring things quite closely [sometimes, too closely] since this realization just to ensure that I wasn’t imagining things and I’m pleased to say that the improvement in the symptoms I’m experiencing is real.
I attribute the beginnings of my recovery to several things:
- The unwavering belief that I would in fact recover.
- Mari’s amazing love and support and belief that I would recover.
- The love and support of my children who make me proud every day.
- Eating healthy foods and in particular, switching to a Ketogenic diet [thanks to Mari’s persistence].
- Understanding the role of fear in the development of PD symptoms and starting to release this fear.
- Adopting a new perspective [one that says, ‘I don’t have an degenerative disease. Rather, my body is simply out of balance’].
- Exercise [particularly as it relates to muscle memory].
- Body Stress Relief [BSR].
- My decision to do this naturally [it allowed me to closely monitor what was going on with my body as I tried new things].
- Blogging about my experience and believing that I was helping others.
- Teaching karate [interacting with children helps keep me young and in the right frame of mind].
- Learning about people who had also recovered, like Howard Shifke and John Coleman. It proved to me that it was possible for me to recover as well.
I know I have more recovering to do [the fear that keeps coming at me is evidence of that], but now I live each day in total confidence that I will fully recover and in those moments when I’m struck by dark thoughts, I remind myself that it is simply fear and that neither the fear nor the thoughts are real.
I will soon be posting a series of blogs that I believe are the key steps to recovering from PD. It will be a consolidation of the 80+ posts I have written to make it easier for everyone to get to the key information you need to mount your own recovery.
In the meantime, I will be taking a two week vacation to Finland and Estonia [Mari’s home country] to enjoy the cuisine, the sites and Mari’s family.
Have an awesomely recovering day!