Dancing in the Rain: Lessons Learned on my Personal Journey with PD (more at www.PDPlan4Life.com) Copyright 2013-16 Sheryl Jedlinski
I want to believe that 2013 will be the year of the cure for Parkinson’s disease (PD). This has been my hope every New Year since I was diagnosed 14 years ago at age 44.
Mine is the faith of Cubbies fans, built on years of disappointment. While the Chicago baseball franchise has not won a World Series pennant in more than 100 years, fans return each season confident that this is their time.
Similarly, the hopes and dreams of those of us living with Parkinson’s rise and fall with each headline that screams of a potential cure. Some 45 years after its introduction, L-dopa, with all of its side effects, remains the gold standard PD treatment. While new medications allow us to live longer and better with this disease, we still do not know what causes it nor how to cure it. This knowledge is key to sparing our children and grandchildren our pain.
If the March of Dimes, and the millions of people who supported the Foundation, could conquer polio so very long ago, surely we can vanquish Parkinson’s.
So, on the dawning of 2013, I leave you with the words of singer/song writer Nancy Moran: “I am a dreamer and proud of it, so I hope your dreams come true. When you believe in the impossible, everything’s possible for you.”