It occurred to me a few years ago that my goal isn’t to cure myself of Parkinson’s Disease. This is too daunting an endeavor; one better left to the medical folks. Rather, my goal is to recover my health by returning my body to homeostasis!
Baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical! These are the immortal words of legendary New York Yankees catcher, Yogi Berra! While Yogi’s math was a little off, his sentiment was right on! And the same holds true for those of us recovering from a chronic health condition. Our mental attitude is paramount! More to the point, what we believe is the key our recovery!
Okay, I’m going to do my best to explain this loss of balance phenomenon and how to correct it. It is the most challenging aspect of the neurological condition I’m experiencing and I’m certain I now understand it.
My favorite form of exercise these days is walking! I walk for an hour almost every morning! It is an integral part of my healing protocol!
Yesterday, my neighbor Saul took me for a ride around the island. I had met him a month previous and had run into him earlier that morning while out walking. During our conversation, I mentioned that I had never been to Providence Bay, so he dropped by to take me there.
When I arrived on Manitoulin a few weeks ago to begin my retirement I had a healthy list of things I wanted to accomplish. My to do list, as it were! Among the items on my list were several projects to complete around the house. So last week, while Mari was home on her two week break, we got to work.
Check out the inspiring story of Kelli McGowan, who overcame early onset, frontal lobe dementia. Her success illustrates the importance of a healthy high fat diet, eliminating stress, transforming fear into self love and practicing qigong, the essentials of overcoming any neurological condition.
Have an awesomely inspiring day!
By now, you’ve probably seen the ABC News piece on how cycling can help people with parkinson’s. It is very encouraging and inspiring! Experts don’t seem to know why people who have such a difficult time walking can easily ride a bike. I think it’s all about muscle memory and doing something that puts you in a state of joy! Think about when we were kids and the exhilaration we felt while riding a bicycle! It can’t help but be a good thing!
Yesterday I attended a celebration of life for my mother’s youngest sister. She was actually a half sister, only two years older than me, and was more of a cousin than an aunt. Kathy passed away last weekend after a three year effort to overcome cancer, which had spread to her brain.
I have come to the conclusion that if I [or anybody else for that matter] could get away from life for a year or two [go live in an ashram], I could recover my health. In an ashram, I could devote my entire time each day to healing. The folks who have recovered their health, including John Coleman, David Thompson, Bianca Molle and Howard Shifke, did just that. They quit their jobs and focused on their health. Things being what they are, however, particularly having to run a business, I do not have that luxury at the moment, so I do what I can with the time available to me. [I’m not ruling out the possibility of taking off to some sort of retreat if I don’t soon begin to recover my health.]