I hope that I am honestly sincere.
I am loyal.
I am Crazy.
In love with Jesus.
I adore Boo and Boo 2
I am thankful for so very, very much.
Especially the limitless grace of God toward me.
I live to write – I write to live.
I am trusting God to finish what He started in me.
I love photography. Especially if I am behind the camera.
I love gardening, when I am able to.
I love watching birds. There’s just something about birds. And butterflies.
I love to paint. Not houses though.
I have danced in the rain. I love the rain. And a beautiful snowfall. And a clear, warm summer day. And autumn’s changing colors and crisp winds.
I love and appreciate my family and the friends God has blessed me with.
I have seen the blessings of Parkinson’s disease and daily experience its curse.
I love See’s Bordeauxs. A lot. And their Almond Clusters. And their Almond Toffee. And…
I have the best kids and husband of 33 years – in the world.
And what can I say about my grandkids? Not enough.
One of my favorite TV shows as a kid was ‘What’s My Line?’ Of course, I also liked The Dating Game and the Partridge Family, so I don’t know what that says about me…
I think (as far as ‘What’s My Line’ goes) it was seeing if I could guess the person’s occupation before the ‘expert’ panel was able to. If I had a ‘line’ for others to guess, it wouldn’t be defined by the fact that I have Parkinson’s disease.
I was misdiagnosed at the age of 32 with Lupus (just goes to prove how these two diseases [and many others] mimic each other). Upon joining forces (and I say ‘forces’ as this is a battle we [those with any chronic illness] are constantly fighting) with my current neurologist over eight years ago (2004). Meeting with him and trusting his wisdom, the diagnosis was corrected to Young Onset Parkinson’s disease. You can read parts of my story here at Parkinson’s Journey.
So – yes, this blog follows my life, to a degree, but mainly it is a collection of my thoughts, on the good days and bad, the happy and the sad. 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… .). It also recently (Feb 2013) has become a joining of two blogs – Parkinson’s Journey and my author site.
It was becoming to hard to keep both blogs going well, which is extremely important to me. So, if you look to the category section, you will find a category entitled, ‘Non PD Articles’. These writings do not focus on PD and are more inspirational, devotional, ‘storyish’ – a variety.
‘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 other chronic illnesses)
and to assure them, they are not alone.”
Encouragement and hope is what my heart’s desire is for Parkinsons Journey, because Parkinson’s Journey is me, walking alongside and reminidng you… you are not alone.
Journeying with you,