Jan. 13, 2018
I heard it again today. I hear it every day lately.
"My doctor said I have PD. I left with a prescription for meds that I know little about and go back in three months. I'm shattered and don't know what to do from here."
This happened to me too almost a year and a half ago. I get it now. The doctors don't seem to. I'm praying that the neurologists out there somehow get the message. What we need is a prescription for hope. I'm not asking for false hope but even just a glimmer of something that we can do to fight back. Just because today is miserable doesn't mean every day will be miserable or worse. Having PD means something has gone wrong in your body. Not everything, but something. The day of diagnosis is the day you should be given the resources to optimize your health.
My Rx for hope:
You are about to go into battle. It is time to arm yourself. You need to be strong. Take care of your body...exercise. If you never have, now is the time to start. Move a little more each day. Don't try to do it on your own. Find a PD group to keep you motivated. Take a good look at your diet...with a professional. Your food is your fuel and your medicine. Treat it as such. It might not be fun but fighting is hard work. And of course, don't forget your meds. We might not like them but they often help.
Arm yourself with knowledge. A good soldier knows his enemy well. There is so much to know and it can be overwhelming to try to do it alone. Build a healthcare team that will work together to do what is best for you, the individual.
It's hard to fight a battle with little motivation. Keep focused on the good things in life. Faith. Family. Friends. Joy. Love. Laughter. Life is going to continue whether you have PD or not so don't sit out. Stay involved. Get inspiration from what you see in the world and inspire others.
You CAN do this.