This post is the sixth of the 18 things you need to know about living with the symptoms of PD.
Remapping the brain! It’s what the book, The Brain’s Way of Healing, by Norman Doidge, is all about. Dr. Joe Dispenza discusses it at length in his book, You are the Placebo. Both authors take the position that any neurological condition can be overcome by stimulating existing neurons that have fallen into disuse and by creating new neurons, synapses and neural pathways in the brain. If you still believe that it’s not possible to recover from the symptoms of PD and if you haven’t read these books, I urge you to read them. The chapter on John Pepper in The Brain’s Way of Healing is particularly interesting. He has been able to completely neutralize his symptoms through conscious walking.
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!
In my last post, I discussed how to be at peace with the past. An equally important issue to resolve for those intent on recovering their health is minimizing fear, which is to say, minimizing worry and stress.
I was initially planning to post this blog for the benefit of those of us experiencing the symptoms of Parkinson’s, but in this time of worry and concern in relation to the coronavirus, it seems appropriate for a wider audience.
One of my three main motivations for recovering my health … other than to live healthy again, walk normally and all that stuff … is to swim! Several years ago, before I moved to Manitoulin Island, I realized that I was losing my ability to swim and by the time I got here in 2016, I had completely lost it.
In 1983, I joined a market research company. A few months into the job, I did a presentation to a client accompanied by my account senior and group manager. It wasn’t my first presentation. Every time I looked up during the presentation, my manager was feverishly writing notes, which I took to mean he didn’t like what he was seeing and I started to become unglued. It got so bad that at one point, the Eastern regional sales manager asked me to explain the numbers on a chart, and my response was, “I don’t know, that’s just the way they came out of the computer.” The moment I uttered the words, I knew I had blown it and the presentation went downhill from there. By the end of it, I was a total mess! Afterwards, neither my account senior or manager said anything, but on the way out of the building I declared to myself that I would never let that happen again. And for the next 23 years, I didn’t!
I recently made a similar declaration as it relates to my experience with the symptoms of Parkinson’s.
Since being interviewed by Robert Rodgers last week I have spoken to several people who are really struggling at the moment. And even though we’ve all been diagnosed with the same condition, our challenges are quite varied. Severe trembling, anxiety, panic, headaches, paralysis and immobility, disorientation and the like.