411 About Me

Living to write. Writing to live. Crazy. Addicted to most chocolate. Okay. All chocolate. Photographer. Lover of Boo and Buddy. Obsessive Pinner.

Misdiagnosed at the age of 32 with Lupus (just goes to prove how these two diseases [and many others] mimic each other), I joined forces with my current neurologist of over nine years (2004). The diagnosis was corrected to Young Onset Parkinson’s disease. You can read parts of my story here at Parkinson’s Journey.

This blog does follow my life, to a degree, but mainly it is a collection of my thoughts, on the good days and bad. It is a collection from my diagnosis with PD to the current day. It is a collection of what I’ve learned and what I am learning (If I wrote what I still need to learn, I’d have to start another blog… .).

‘They’ say (and I’ve never quite figured out who ‘they’ is) that concocting a mission statement is a good way to maintain a focus in your life endeavors. Parkinson’s Journey has such a statement:

“…to encourage and offer hope to others
walking their path with Parkinson’s disease
and to assure them,
they are not alone.”

Encouragement and hope is what my heart’s desire is for Parkinson’s Journey, because Parkinson’s Journey is me, ‘walking’ alongside and reminidng you… you are not alone.

Journeying with you,

Sherri Woodbridge

Comments

  1. Ram Meyyappan says

    Hello,

    I came across your site doing a google search and it seems to be a useful resource for those with parkinson’s. I was wondering if I can contribute to your blog by writing an article on applying for disability benefits with parkinson’s?

    I am contacting your from Social Security Disability Help, an organization that works to promote disability awareness and help individuals navigate the Social Security Disability application process.

    Please send me an email at ram@ssd-help.org if this is something that you are interested in.

    Thank you for your time and consideration,

    Ram Meyyappan
    Social Security Disability Help

    • says

      Hi Sally –
      I’m sending my response through the comments and to the email that came through in hopes of assuring you receive it. I was put on Lexapro and we originally started at 5mg about four years ago. I am now up to 20mg. It takes the edge off and helps me feel much better mentally and emotionally. I hope that helps. If you have any other questions, concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask. Let me know how it goes…

  2. says

    Sherri, Just stumbled on your PD blog. Since I was diagnosed by a neurologist with PD in late 2009 (had some balance issues then), I have gotten a bit worse. One of the things I’ve noticed is my computer typing–I now have to carefully go over what I just typed for I’m making NUMEROUS typos–guess the fingers don’t work so well anymore. What a nuisance!

    I’m planning to give up the guiding at end of this year, and am giving up a long-time hobby–target shooting with black powder Civil War-style guns–I’m a member of the North-South Skirmish Assn.

    • says

      Thanks,Ken, for leaving a comment. I can relate to the finger frustration. My delete button is literally worn out. The guide job sounds really interesting. You must be a history buff? Why are you giving up the target shooting? Just don’t take anyone with you if you’re shaking really bad… :) Just kidding. Are you sure you have to give it up?

      • says

        Sherri, Sorry about the delay in replying. I’ve since sold off all my CW skirmishing guns and supplies (didn’t want my wife, who knows virtually nothing about them, to be stuck with them after I pass). Still continuing my membership and friendships, tho’. I’m 7o now, have been swallowing lots of antioxidants and don’t have the usual PD tremors yet (thank goodness, tho’ the other symptoms are there and worsening: loss of balance, drooling, smaller writing and trouble signing name, etc.).

        Reason I stopped shooting had as much to do with cataract operations I had on my eyes in Jan and Feb, 2012, and great sensitivity to bright light thereafter. Came to find out that goes with PD, too, so I got a double whammy!

        Just last nite I asked my webmaster to alter my website to say I am now out of business and referring any future requests to others.

        Keep up the good work! KenH

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