Even though Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month will be coming to a close as of today’s end, we can still continue to spread the word. To celebrate the last 30 days of an attempt to educate, inspire, and bring awareness to this little monster and its ability to change the course of one’s life, here are my top 3 favorite awareness items from the month by three different sources: Sheryle Klingelhofer, Beth Bjerke, and PJ’s most popular “Top Ten”.
This one’s from Sheryl Klingelhofer, Facebook page “A Life with Parkinson’s”:
OK, MOST folks talk about the support they get from friends and family with their Parkinson’s and dystonia difficulties…however I hear of some who say that after their diagnosis, they are often rather abandoned or even get griped at over the disorder. And while we HOPE that insight and education through gentle sharing would work, well, it often doesn’t.
It may be from a movie, but if you get bugged by insecure or unfeeling individuals, try this little quote…it sums it up for them nicely!
Next, we have the popular
1. To feel good.
2. To smell (what’s baking in the oven).
3. To have people believe that the person with PD isn’t pretending to have a chronic disease. Really. We have better things to do.
4. For others to understand that although they can’t see all of the effects, the disease is real.
5. More dopamine. We gotta have more cow bell dopamine.
6. To not shake all the time. It would be so nice to stir our coffee because we want to.
7. For others to be aware of the struggles and invisible symptoms people with Parkinson’s face so that they are better able to understand the fervency and urgency of a cure.
8. To find a drug that doesn’t knock you out for half the day, but instead, knocks out PD.
9. A plastic bat to hit others over the head when they make thoughtless comments.
10. A cure
and then last, but not at all least, a plea from Beth Bjerke:
“Last week I changed my profile picture [on Facebook] from what was a symbol of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, to a picture of myself. As nice as the comments were, I was taken by surprise by how many took the time to say something nice. Yyet on the other hand, I’ve posted something about Parkinson’s [most everday this month] and it [seems] to go unnoticed. I, like so many others, am fighting a progressive disease that has no cure.
There are many three- or four-little-words sentences we all like hearing: “You look nice…” or “I love you…” or “Have a nice day…”
However, there is also another four-word sentence I so hope to hear, not only for myself but for those inflicted with the disease and those yet to come.
Four simple, yet complicated words…
“THERE IS A CURE.”
I do believe that one day Parkinson’s disease will only be a memory. That is called having hope. Without that hope, what do any of us really have?
April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. We are at the end an I am reaching out to all – take a moment and help bring awareness to Parkinson’s disease. Please let me know you’re behind me, that you truly care, and that I’m not just another face.
How about you? Is there something YOU can do?