Day 8: Craziest Comment Contest in Celebration of PD Awareness Month!!!

Day 8: Craziest Comment Contest in Celebration of PD Awareness Month!!!


Okay PJ’ers… to celebrate PD Awareness month, we are having two contests. Contest #1 starts today and ends April 15th (something fun has to happen on tax day).

Looking for…

Crazy Comments

Tell us the craziest (namely – the most ignorant) comment you have ever heard about having Parkinson’s disease (no profanity or inappropriate comments, please). It could have been said to you, about you, or something you overheard, etc. Something that made you wonder, “How in tarnation did they come up with that ?!?” or you may have shockinly responded to such said commnet, “Where in the world did you ever hear that hullabaloo?!?” 

You can be a PD patient, caregiver, or friend or family member of a loved one with PD.

The craziest comment will win a copy of Dr. Abe Lieberman’s book, “101 Questions and Answers About Parkinson’s Disease” so that the winner will be able to educate those who remain clueless and bring enlightening awareness to those who struggle with the facts.

For PJ Group Facebook users, just go to PJ’s website at, leave a comment and tweet the post on which you left your comment. 

Winner will be notified at Parkinson’s Journey website after April 15th.

If you are reading this on the PJ website, just leave a comment here or at another post.

Good luck!

Day 6: New!!!! Comprehensive Guide to Blogs About Parkinson’s Disease

Day 6: New!!!! Comprehensive Guide to Blogs About Parkinson’s Disease


Ever wish you knew where to turn to? Someone who’d understand  the fears you may have? Perhaps you’re considering Deep Brain Stimulation and would like to talk to someone who’s actually been there. Done that. Or maybe you just want to know more about Parkinson’s disease from someone with first hand experience.

Parkinson’s Journey now offers a comprehensive list of blogs by those who you’re seeking support from. Just click here to get there. There’s plenty to choose from with a brief description of what each offers.

Preparing for Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

A Doctor’s Advice

(originally posted March 17, 2010)

In honor of PD Awareness Month, I’m sharing a previous post with the following disclaimer found on the original blog: “I have no idea where this came from. I tried to track down the author but it’s on hundreds of websites, so for now, it’s uncredited.”


Q: Doctor, I’ve heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this true?

A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that’s it… don’t waste them on exercise. Everything wears out eventually. Speeding up your heart will not make you live longer; that’s like saying you can extend the life of your car by driving it faster. Want to live longer? Take a nap.

Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?

A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does a cow eat? Hay and corn. And what are these? Vegetables. So a steak is nothing more than an efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system. Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef is also a good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable). And a pork chop can give you 100% of your recommended daily allowance of vegetable products.

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?

A: No, not at all. Wine is made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine, that means they take the water out of the fruity bit so you get even more of the goodness that way. Beer is also made out of grain. Bottoms up!

Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?

A: Well, if you have a body and you have fat, your ratio is one to one. If you have two bodies, your ratio is two to one , et c.

Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?

A: Can’t think of a single one, sorry. My philosophy is: No Pain…Good!

Q: Aren’t fried foods bad for you?

A: YOU’RE NOT LISTENING!!! …. Foods are fried these days in vegetable oil. In fact, they’re permeated in it. How could getting more vegetables be bad for you?

Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?

A: Definitely not! When you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger. You should only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger stomach.

Q: Is chocolate bad for me?

A: Are you crazy? HELLO Cocoa beans! Another vegetable!!! It’s the best feel-good food around!

Q: Is swimming good for your figure?

A: If swimming is good for your figure, explain whales to me.

Q: Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle?

A: Hey! ‘Round’ is a shape!

Well, I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.

For those of you who watch what you eat, here’s the final word on nutrition and health. It’s a relief to know the truth after all those

conflicting nutritional studies.

1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans..

5. The Germans drink a lot of beers and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.


Eat and drink what you like. [Being an American] is apparently what kills you.

How To Know If You Have A Chronic Illness

Found the following on the internet several years ago and asked permission to share. Permission granted. Thought you all might enjoy.






  • You bawled when the television show ER went off the air because it was the only TV show where you actually felt like you understood all the technology talk.
  • When you hear the term “Club Med” you automatically think of the hospital.
  • When you are in the hospital you keep imagining people being intimate behind closed doors because you’ve watched too many episodes of Grey’s Anatomy.
  • You ask your child to open the “child-proof” bottles of medicine because your hands are too sore.
  • Your medical records have to be transported on a cart.
  • To entertain people at parties you recite the side effects of medications as if you are the voice over on a commercial.
  • Your favorite Oprah program is when Dr. Oz is on.
  • The pharmacist brings your medications to the counter without you having to give him your name.
  • To get rid of boredom on road trips, your whole family can go through the alphabet and name a drug that starts with each letter of the alphabet.
  • When you’re unable to sleep because of pain, you watch “The Jerry Springer Show” or a “The Real Housewives” and feel like you actually have a life.
  • Your spelling has improved dramatically, especially on words like “fibromyalgia” and “osteoporosis.”
  • When anyone around you has an accident you have a complete First Aid kit of bandages, ointments, sanitizers, etc.
  • Or you’ve been “Around the World in Thirty Minutes” with CNN’s Headline News 57 times in one sitting.
  • You earn $20 cash back a month from your pharmacy’s bonus points.
  • You have a panic attack in public and say, “Praise God this is only the fourth one today!”
  • You’re invited to the wedding of the gal who works at the hospital lab.
  • Someone says, “You are looking so good” and it actually makes you feel a bit frustrated, rather than flattered.
  • You’re child thinks watching you do injections of medication is “cool.”
  • You have a flashback and don’t know what happened and can honestly say, “I don’t know where I was or what I was doing but I’ll make something up if you’d like.”
  • You carry hand-sanitizer with you everywhere and aren’t afraid to use it.
  • You shake hands with your left hand so it throws people off enough that they don’t squeeze your hand.
  • You know every scripture about healing and can finish people’s sentences when they try to quote them to you.
  • The teen children of your friends call to see if they could interview you for a paper in their health class.
  • It’s more fun to find “cute pajamas” than actual clothes.
  • You actually enjoy talking to telemarketers because they can’t really hang up on you and you can use them for a therapy session.
  • You leave up “Get Well” cards on your mantel for months because… you’re still hoping the well wishes come true.

Reprinted with permission of author, Lisa Copen, Copyright 2009. Find out more about National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week and their 5-day virtual conference at


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