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

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 · 5 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

Coming soon to a city near you: Partners in Parkinson’s

The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) is coming to a city near you to guide  you in assembling your best possible team of care providers, taking an active role in … Continue reading

May 8, 2014 · 3 Comments

Always wear clean underwear

Getting dressed takes longer and longer as Parkinson’s disease progresses, prompting us to continually seek ways to shave a few minutes off the process. This is why I wear my … Continue reading

May 2, 2014 · 5 Comments

Lame excuses for not exercising

According to the National Health Research Institute in Taiwan just “15 minutes of exercise a day, or about 90 minutes a week, can add years to your life.” Now they … Continue reading

April 30, 2014 · 5 Comments

Raising awareness means telling our stories

I recently noticed that Holocaust Remembrance Day typically falls during Parkinson’s Awareness Month. How is it that one of the most heinous crimes against humanity came to be memorialized against … Continue reading

April 28, 2014 · 6 Comments
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