Dancing in the Rain: Lessons Learned on my Personal Journey with PD (more at www.PDPlan4Life.com) Copyright 2013-16 Sheryl Jedlinski
This past weekend, I celebrated the first birthdays of my two totally bionic knees by completing a 3k annual walk to “knock-out” Parkinson disease. Crossing the finish line marked the achievement of a goal I set while sitting in a wheelchair watching last year’s walkers go by. Having just undergone one total knee replacement, and with a second only a few weeks in the offing, I had no choice but to sit out the 2012 walk. I was determined, however, that it be the last walk I watch from the sidelines.
I have come a long way since my two total knee replacements, rehabbing and training hard. Part of my training involved taking in an art fair or two almost every weekend this summer, some bigger than others, and some offering more challenging walking conditions. Returning to being able to walk the art fair circuit had been another of my goals.
My husband, Tony; eldest son, Jason; and his partner, Jay turned out to walk alongside me the Midwest Chapter of the APDA. They provided the encouragement I needed to finish the course despite the scorching 90+ degree temperature. Afterwards, I collapsed on a bench, happy in the knowledge that I have achieved my goals.