About Me

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Welcome to Parkinson’s Journey

 

I was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s disease at the age of 44. Symptoms having started long before that, I battled through many tests, lab work-ups, procedures and the like to figure out what was going on. When the diagnosis finally came, I was relieved and although I had a name to the face of this little monster, it was a time of uncertainty.

I was scared, angry – I was grieving for what I had loss and what I could lose.

One day however, God reminded me that He’s in charge and He was in the muck with me and it was going to be okay. He had my back and whether I trusted Him or not is what it ultimately came to.

So, on that stormy, wintery day… I decided to let Him take me through these unchartered waters for I had learned through the years that He is faithful and full of grace.

From my personal experiences with PD, these are my stories – my journey. Stories of my own walk, some of others I have met along the way. Stories shared with you, with the purpose of (hopefully) being an encouragement and to bring hope to those walking a similar path and to assure you that… you are not alone.

 

Sherri Woodbridge,

Author and founder of Parkinson’s Journey, since 2007

4 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Sherri,

    I love your Blog. It is really more like a website with so much good information. I do not have Parkinson’s. I have another neuro-degenerative condition called Spinocerebellar Ataxia. I call it a cousin to Parkinson’s. A different part of the brain is affected. The Cerebellum- which controls balance, speech, coordination, etc. I go to a wonderful Parkinson Network Group near me. Many of their guest speakers are professionals that deal with Movement Disorders. I want to start a blog called ‘Balancing Life with a Movement Disorder’. My condition is rare, so I would like to reach a broader audience.
    As a seasoned blogger what are some tips or advice you could give me as a newbe. It appears you had someone design your site. I can’t spend a lot, but I want an attractive and appealing.
    What do you recommend. What do you think is a fair price to pay? I appreciate any advice you can give me. I put my faith in God as well. He is my strength. How often do you post? How many hours a week do you spend working or posting on your site? Thanks in advance for any tips of advice you can give me.

    God Bless,
    Joanne

    1. Hi Joanne —

      Thanks for the kind words. My husband takes care of my website mostly (the technical stuff) and I just do the posts, add the pics, etc. When I first started blogging, I used Blogger/Blogspot, a blogging tool for bloggers. I loved it. It’s greatly improved and I think you could do a very nice blog with using that and it’s easy to use and has many options and different ways you can change things around. If my husband didn’t help, I’d probably still use that and I just asked him whatw he’d suggest and he said Blogspot. And it’s free Yea!!!.

      Right now I use WordPress. Using the basic template is free but for me, it’s not as user friendly (unless you’re into website stuff and know the ‘language’ – I’m not!) I’d check out blogger.com.

      I would explore some websites you like becasuse of the ‘look’ and ask yourself why they appeal to you – are they colorful? easy to read? simple? Use this info to set up what you’d like.

      I’d just jump in with a welcome/intro post after you have your site set up the way you want it. You can change it as you go quite easily. I posted 2-3 times a week and now am sporadic, sorry to say. I was doing well but then started watching my grandson every day and didn’t have the time to write I would have liked for my site. I don’t watch him as often now and hope to get back to it on a more regular basis. ‘They’ say (the blogging gurus) you should post on a regular basis, the same day(s) of the week so your audience grows and is not disappointed when nothing comes through. I know a few other bloggers that started out doing 2-3 times a week and have cut back to 1 day a week without losing their readers. But, they have a big following. I haven’t lost any readers in my flakiness, but I could if I don’t get back to where I should be (and would like to be). I spend (in a good week) about 8-12 hours+ on my blog a week – collecting data, reading articles, writing, etc. I love to do it. It’s good therapy.

      Let me know how it goes. Maybe we can guest blog for each other!
      SHerri
      (sorry this was so late in answering)

  2. Hi Sherri,

    I am happy to inform you that your blog has made Healthline’s list of the Best Parkinson’s Blogs of 2015! Healthline’s editors carefully selected each winner based on quality, frequency of updates and contribution to the community. You can see the full list here: http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/best-parkinsons-blogs

    We created a badge to help you publicize your achievement: http://www.healthline.com/health/parkinsons/best-blogs-badge-2015 We encourage you to embed this badge on your site and share your status with your followers.

    Thank you again for providing a great resource to the Parkinson’s community! I’m happy to answer any questions you may have.

    Best,

    Nicole

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