Living Well with Parkinsons Disease

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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 years had disappeared, or so it seemed.

In my mind’s eye, I see my son and his friend wrapped in towels, shivering, and lips blue, sharing snacks after swim lessons. When I open my eyes, I see two grown men whose friendship has withstood the test of time and distance, as they continue to meet up to celebrate the milestones in each other’s lives. Warm memories washed over me as I listened to stories about the groom’s childhood exploits. My favorites are about when he and my son were teammates on the “under eight” Orange Crush soccer team, taking turns assisting and scoring record breaking double-digit goals.

Not one who hides my feelings well, I was more emotional this weekend than I would have liked to be. It is not easy to explain, especially to our adult children, that despite our best efforts, sadness sometimes overcomes us, rising up from deep within. Parkinson’s gives us a lot of loss to grieve, not the least of which is knowing that we may miss out on celebrating many personal and professional milestones our children have yet to achieve. In the dark, silence of the night, my demons taunt me and keep me awake, but they are melted by the morning light.

Yes, Parkinson’s is incurable, but not fatal. It is up to each of us to see that we get the proper treatment and follow a daily exercise plan that can help us live full, productive lives.


7 comments on “Gone in a blink

    August 1, 2014

    As always my friend, well said! Speaking of with holding the tests of time this old friend needs a lunch date soon!😊

  2. Tem and Larry Williams
    August 1, 2014

    Well put….my thoughts would have been in exactly the same place….have a good weekend…love, tem

  3. Claudia Revilla
    August 1, 2014

    Yes, our demons are always in the back of our minds. We all have been there feeling terrible at remembering the times when we could run and stand still. When you write narrating all this events, you are us too. You see, it feels good to know that the control of our emotions does not betray because of PD, the control of our emotions betray us because we are normal human beings, PD just makes it a little more memorable.

  4. 100wickedwords
    August 2, 2014

    So eloquent and compelling. Some say, “It takes a village,” but when it comes to emotions, sometimes “It takes a wedding” to open floodgates. Thanks for sharing your feelings with your loyal fan club members.

  5. Sandie
    August 2, 2014

    Perfectly said, Sher. It’s often the littlest thing that brings tears to cleanse us of the big things even tho’ they never really go away.
    Love you, Sandie

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