Dancing in the Rain: Lessons Learned on my Personal Journey with PD (more at www.PDPlan4Life.com) Copyright 2013-16 Sheryl Jedlinski
by Sheryl Jedlinski
It has been three months since my last chemo treatment and I am finally starting to feel somewhat normal again.
Swimming laps three times a week is also helping me regain my strength and hold the line on my Parkinson’s symptoms. The one thing I cannot do much about is the neuropathy caused by the chemo drugs I was given. To be fair, my oncologist warned me before I started treatment that this was a likely outcome, but what choice did I have? Chemo offered my best, if not only, chance of sending my cancer into remission.
Meanwhile, neuropathy has left me with symptoms and sensations which are disabling, debilitating, and currently irreversible. They make it difficult for me to stand for long periods, walk without assistance, and maintain my balance, without which our risk of falling increases dramatically. Recently I fell twice in one day, injuring my pride and eroding my confidence, more than anything else. My greatest relief comes from weekly acupuncture, massage, and physical therapy sessions.
Welcome to my “new normal.”