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  • The Dirty Secret
    Today I've finally decided to discuss a dirty little secret, or not so secret as the case may be: constipation. I've been intending to write this article for some time, but it has been slow in coming. (See what I did there?)A lot of people have this problem, but Parkinson's ... read more
    Source: My Parkinson’s Journey by Rick CopplePublished on 2018-10-13
  • Parkinson’s – the least of my problems
    Mariette Robijn   Your life consists of good and not good. Regardless of whether that’s self-induced or caused by someone or something else. Sometimes it can hover between the two, sort of semi-good. But mostly it’s simply good or not good. From ‘everything is good’ to ‘everything is most certainly ... read more
    Source: Writing Smiles and Tears – Parkinson’s Blogs by Mariëtte RobijnPublished on 2018-10-07By marietterobijn
  • Link Between Parkinson’s and Tooth Decay
    I went to the Dentist today (10/3/18). To put it bluntly, my teeth are falling apart. I was told today, that I have about five teeth that are worth saving, and even those were weak. The conclusion? To extract them all out for full dentures.That prognosis caused my wife, Lenita, ... read more
    Source: My Parkinson’s Journey by Rick CopplePublished on 2018-10-03
  • Year in Review with DBS
    As of last Saturday, Sept. 29, was one year since my Deep Brian Stimulation (DBS). So I figured it was a good time to review the past year in relation to getting DBS.It was a bit scary getting wheeled into the operating room. Waving bye to my wife, wondering if ... read more
    Source: My Parkinson’s Journey by Rick CopplePublished on 2018-10-01
  • Why I’m on a Plant-Based Diet, and Why You Should Be Too.
    "All well and good for you, Rick. If it helps you, more power to you. But why do I need to be on a plant-based diet?"I know I could "talk" or in this case, type till I'm blue in the face, and there will be some people who are simply ... read more
    Source: My Parkinson’s Journey by Rick CopplePublished on 2018-09-25
  • We’re in Colorado!
    Hello, everyone.Yes, as I've said in the title, we've successfully arrived in Colorado with our lives and stuff intact. I had one big harrowing experience in coming here, though.We were driving down I25 toward Denver, about a little over 40 minutes from our final destination. Just north of Colorado Springs, ... read more
    Source: My Parkinson’s Journey by Rick CopplePublished on 2018-09-17
  • Surprises at the Karaoke Finals
    We were all packed for our trip and our first stop was only 200 miles north of Yuma. We decided to go see the Talent Quest International Karaoke Finals in Laughlin, NV on our way to Portland, Oregon. We hadn't been back since the dance contest incident back in 2011.We ... read more
    Source: Parkinson’s HumorPublished on 2018-09-17
  • Jury Duty with Parkinson’s Disease
    The notice arrived in early May. It was a juror questionnaire form, asking me to respond online. I could have asked one of my doctors to write me an excuse but I did not. I think I would like to serve on a jury. I never have. The notice said I may ... read more
    Source: Parkinson’s HumorPublished on 2018-09-10
  • Things that you do/don’t/never have to get used to
    Mariette Robijn  Oh, I could get used to that! That glorious sunshine, that peace and tranquillity, that plush bed, that fancy house. You’d better get used to it. There’s nothing else for it. Hm, this might take a bit of getting used to. This getting up at 6 am business. ... read more
    Source: Writing Smiles and Tears – Parkinson’s Blogs by Mariëtte RobijnPublished on 2018-09-09By marietterobijn
  • #theyhavedifficultydualtasking #Parkinsons #therapist
    Mariette Robijn  “So, you have to get them to do exercises, where they have to perform two or more tasks simultaneously. This trains their brains, because this type of thing isn’t easy for these people, you know. It’s nothing to worry about, but you do have to know how to ... read more
    Source: Writing Smiles and Tears – Parkinson’s Blogs by Mariëtte RobijnPublished on 2018-09-02By marietterobijn
  • Always, With Parkinson’s
    “Our illness is often our healing.” Mooji “Life was always a matter of waiting for the right moment to act.” Paulo Coelho The Beginning of the Thought:  I was at the driving range recently hitting golf balls.  And this guy walks by wearing a T-shirt that said: “Always on, Never ... read more
    Source: Frank Church – Journey wIth Parkinson’sPublished on 2018-08-23By Frank Church
  • Move and some News
    Well, our move is proceeding along at a brisk pace. We've successfully got all our stuff gone through, what needs to be thrown away is thrown away, boxes in the garage waiting to go to GoodWill, the inspection report is done and our payoff balance has been solidified. We just ... read more
    Source: My Parkinson’s Journey by Rick CopplePublished on 2018-08-22
  • Planet Patient vs Planet Researcher – from both sides now (by Frank Church)
    Mariette Robijn This thoughtful blog was written by Frank Church, as a follow-up on Simon Stott’s ‘rebuttal’ of my blog ‘Planet Patient vs Planet Researcher’ About Frank Church: Medical school and undergraduate biology educator, biomedical science researcher and part-time golfer. My diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease, combined with my career in science ... read more
    Source: Writing Smiles and Tears – Parkinson’s Blogs by Mariëtte RobijnPublished on 2018-08-19By marietterobijn
  • Hanging Out With The Guys
    I'm not normal and I am not ashamed to admit it. I prefer to hang out with the guys. If given a choice of getting dressed up and going to a fashion show luncheon with a group of ladies OR putting on old jeans and a t-shirt and watching the ... read more
    Source: Parkinson’s HumorPublished on 2018-08-15
  • Brief Report: Link Between Physical Activity and Health-related Quality of Life in Parkinson’s
    “The body achieves what the mind believes.” Jim Evans “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein Overview: Dr. Ehlen and associates work in the Department of Neurology, Charité-University Medicine, Berlin, Germany and Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, Maastricht, NetherlandsTheir publication ... read more
    Source: Frank Church – Journey wIth Parkinson’sPublished on 2018-08-07By Frank Church
  • Brief Report: Benefit of Probiotic Supplements in Parkinson’s
    “Taking probiotics is a habit that can really benefit the digestive system, which is intricately connected to our overall health.”  Dr. Michael F. Roizen “Compelling new studies are showing how probiotics can help keep healthy people healthy. One study showed a decreased incidence of common infectious diseases among kids in ... read more
    Source: Frank Church – Journey wIth Parkinson’sPublished on 2018-08-01By Frank Church
  • Peripatetic Pete, Looking for a Volunteer
    Greetings Parkinspeople and those who love them, I'm looking for a volunteer to host our next two support group meetings as I will be away visiting family far, far from Alaska. If you can attend the meetings, greet newcomers and help foster a discussion about Parkinson's Disease, this is the ... read more
    Source: Off and On: The Alaska Parkinson’s RagPublished on 2018-07-31
  • My Recent Findings and a Move.
    I wanted to give a quick update on my last post. Yes, I've definitively noticed a difference on my symptoms as per the plant-based diet. How, you may ask?Simply, I've cheated on occasion, as I indicated in my original statement I would. That is, on special occasions, I would eat ... read more
    Source: My Parkinson’s Journey by Rick CopplePublished on 2018-07-27
  • Journey with Parkinson’s: Brief Reports on Current Research/Issues
    “There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.” Isaac Asimov “Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day’s work absorb your entire energies, and satisfy your widest ambition.”  Sir William Osler Introduction: For the following reasons, ... read more
    Source: Frank Church – Journey wIth Parkinson’sPublished on 2018-07-23By Frank Church
  • Tenacity and Parkinson’s
    “Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.” Louis Pasteur To succeed in life in today’s world, you must have the will and tenacity to finish the job.” Chin-Ning Chu Definition of Tenacity: <noun te·nac·i·ty ... read more
    Source: Frank Church – Journey wIth Parkinson’sPublished on 2018-07-09By Frank Church
  • Our July Support Group Meeting: Annual Parkinson’s Pinic
     AN INVITATION  Summertime, and the livin' is easy... unless you have Parkinson's Disease, in which case the livin' is difficult, no matter what the season. It is however, easier than the livin' in Winter, and that calls for a celebration. But how to acknowledge this season of nature's bounty and ... read more
    Source: Off and On: The Alaska Parkinson’s RagPublished on 2018-07-05
  • Dopamine Agonists and Impulse Control Disorders in Parkinson’s
    “Whenever you are immersed in compulsive thinking, you are avoiding what is. You don’t want to be where you are. Here, Now.” Eckhart Tolle “Somewhere between obsession and compulsion is impulse.” Alexander Pushkin Introduction: In the latest issue of Neurology (June, 2018), Dr. Corvol and collaborators in Paris, France, present ... read more
    Source: Frank Church – Journey wIth Parkinson’sPublished on 2018-07-04By Frank Church
  • Planet Patient vs Planet Researcher: From Both Sides, Now
    “I cannot always control what goes on outside. But I can always control what goes on inside.” Wayne Dyer “Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” Voltaire Setting the Stage: This is Mariëtte Robijn-  She lives in the Netherlands and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the young ... read more
    Source: Frank Church – Journey wIth Parkinson’sPublished on 2018-06-27By Frank Church
  • Plant-Based Diet, All the Way!
    My last post centered around how I would go on a plant-based diet to see how it might help my symptoms. After doing some more research, I know that I'm on the right track. Even if it doesn't help my Parkinson's symptoms, it will certainly be a more healthy way ... read more
    Source: My Parkinson’s Journey by Rick CopplePublished on 2018-06-26
  • Daily Inspiration (Mantra) from the 2018 PWR! (Parkinson Wellness Recovery) Retreat
    “One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can’t utter.” James Earl Jones “Good actions are a guard against the blows of adversity.” Abu Bakr Introduction:  A new part of the recently completed PWR! (Parkinson Wellness Recovery) retreat for 2018 in Scottsdale, AZ ... read more
    Source: Frank Church – Journey wIth Parkinson’sPublished on 2018-06-07By Frank Church
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