So Many Choices

When I began this blog 3.5 years ago, I read that I should set a goal for my writing which would keep me focused and give purpose to this space. My goal is still to encourage and support those who care for a loved one with Parkinson’s Disease or any other chronic or degenerative disease.Continue reading “So Many Choices”

Let It Go!

From childhood we have learned that some things are absolutely important to do every day. Right? Like brushing your teeth every night before bed. Like making your bed when you get up. Like going to the dentist every 6 months for a cleaning. Like eating healthy food. And none of us would want to trivializeContinue reading “Let It Go!”

What is Quality of Life?

Last week I advocated for quality of life versus quantity of years of life, but I never really defined that term – Quality of Life (QoL). And it could mean different things to different people, right? It is important to note that there is no “correct” definition, which also implies that there is no “incorrect”Continue reading “What is Quality of Life?”

RAISE YOUR GAZE

Since tomorrow is Palm Sunday with the beauty of Spring everywhere we look, it is a perfect time to raise our gaze from the common to the sublime. From the bleakness of winter to the hope of Spring, let us gaze at God’s creation coming to life. We drink in this newness of life asContinue reading “RAISE YOUR GAZE”

Oh No! Another Symptom?

Sometimes it seems that every day with Parkinson’s Disease brings a new symptom – falling, choking, skin problems, bathroom problems, cognitive decline. And the list goes on! Feeling overwhelmed by all of this? I did. Whether we have been on this Parkinson’s journey 25 days or 25 years, it can become all-consuming. When each newContinue reading “Oh No! Another Symptom?”

Anxiety and Frustration

Since my first blog post, my goal has been to support and encourage those who care for a loved one with Parkinson’s Disease, or any other chronic or degenerative illness. Today I pray that you will feel that as you read about these 2 significant topics. ANXIETY Google defines anxiety as “a nervous disorder characterizedContinue reading “Anxiety and Frustration”

The Fifth Season

In Kindergarten we learn about the 4 seasons: Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring. And those 4 become the norm for life for us. As children, we come to anticipate Summer and the change from school days to fun days. We even learn to associate the weather patterns of the seasons, depending on where we live.Continue reading “The Fifth Season”

The Impossible becomes Possible

As I read the Advent devotional each morning during this time of year, I am struck with the reminder that “With God all things are possible.” (Luke 1:37) That was God’s promise to Elizabeth and Zachariah when the angel told them they would have a son whom we call John the Baptist. That was God’sContinue reading “The Impossible becomes Possible”

Frustration and Panic

My goal is to support and encourage those who care for a loved one with a chronic or degenerative disease like Parkinson’s Disease. And in doing that, today I want to relate two stories from my time as caregiver for my husband. Fear, distress, anxiety, feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, and then PANIC! These emotions are feltContinue reading “Frustration and Panic”