Living Well with Parkinsons Disease

Dancing in the Rain: Lessons Learned on my Personal Journey with PD (more at www.PDPlan4Life.com) Copyright 2013 Sheryl Jedlinski

Celebrating life’s milestones with a cause

I met my friend Claudia when she was passionately encouraging others to take part in Parkinson’s research and clinical trials. “When they see a middle-aged woman, mother and wife participating … Continue reading

November 18, 2014 · 3 Comments

Invest in Love

My husband, Tony, and I recently combined the formal honeymoon we never had with a private celebration of our 40th wedding anniversary. The inspirational red rocks of Sedona, Arizona, provided … Continue reading

November 14, 2014 · 13 Comments

Courage and team work help us conquer our fears

Courage took center stage at Chicago’s inaugural Partners in Parkinson’s (PiP) event, sponsored by the Michael J. Fox Foundation and Abbvie. Not the kind of courage that roars, but the … Continue reading

November 5, 2014 · 2 Comments

Let me answer your PD questions at Partners in Parkinson’s Chicago event

If you or someone you know has burning questions or concerns about anything Parkinson’s related, allow me or my fellow panelists (a clinician and a researcher) to provide the answers … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

Chance encounters offer opportunity to help

Helping other people with Parkinson’s make a positive difference in their lives often requires nothing more than being in the right place at the right time, and saying the right … Continue reading

October 17, 2014 · 2 Comments

Who says physical therapy can’t be fun?

My physical therapist suggested we have a “play date” at my house so she could evaluate how well I was mastering my virtual reality-based sports games and home exercises. As … Continue reading

September 25, 2014 · 6 Comments

Achieving new personal bests in Walk-A-Thon rekindled my inner spirit

Achieving new “personal bests” in speed and distance for the 2014 APDA Midwest Chapter Walk-a-Thon sparked a flame that rekindled my inner spirit. This annual event is one of my … Continue reading

September 9, 2014 · 3 Comments

Walking to the beat

As much as I resisted using a walking aid, it was love at first try for my aluminum walking sticks, which are the perfect complement to my bionic knees. I … Continue reading

September 1, 2014 · 3 Comments

“Your Stamina Sucks”

“Sheryl’s stamina sucks.” These were the exact words my physical therapist wrote on my reevaluation form. She drew a grumpy face for added emphasis. “I hope that’s a new medical … Continue reading

August 23, 2014 · 3 Comments

Gone in a blink

Sitting beside my husband witnessing the marriage of one of our youngest son’s earliest buddies, I wondered where the time had gone. In the second it takes to blink, 30 … Continue reading

August 1, 2014 · 7 Comments

Talk of using walker abruptly ends PD honeymoon

My 15-year honeymoon with Parkinson’s disease ended unexpectedly when my new physical therapist, Mia, completed a three-hour evaluation and recommended I start using a walker. Her words hit me like … Continue reading

July 24, 2014 · 10 Comments

An American hero, a role model for all time

Seventy-five years ago this Fourth of July weekend, New York Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig voluntarily bid farewell to the sport he loved. It took a progressive, incurable disease that … Continue reading

July 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Let the buyer beware

  I was commiserating with a friend about our various aches and pains when she asked if I had tried emu oil. She had heard television’s Dr. Oz, a board … Continue reading

June 19, 2014 · 4 Comments

Fox initiative promises patients seat at the table

When asked to be an ambassador for a new health initiative co-sponsored by the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) and Abbvie — I jumped at the opportunity to be part … Continue reading

May 21, 2014 · 2 Comments
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