When Parkinson’s Is Getting the Best of Me

when i am older

and parkinson's wants the best of me,

remember that i loved German chocolate cake

make one and feed it to me.

 

when i am older

and parkinson's begins to try and take the best of me,

remember that i loved the music of steven curtis chapman

and play it loud for me.

 

when i am older,

and parkinson's seems to be getting the best of me,

remember how i loved flowers

and pick a bunch for me.

 

when i am older,

and parkinson's continues to fight to get the best of me,

remember how i loved the songs that the birds would sing

and sit me on the porch, so i may hear them sing a song to me.

 

when i am weaker

and parkinson's seems to be getting the 'all that's left of me',

remember how i used to love to take walks,

and shove me in a wheelchair and take a walk with me.

 

when i am older

and parkinson's seems to be winning the battle against me

don't stop fighting the hard fight for a cure

for all – not just for me.

 

when i am weaker

and parkinson's has taken my words from me

remember how much i loved you

and i'll be in a much better place soon

so be happy – for me.

2 thoughts on “When Parkinson’s Is Getting the Best of Me

  1. Dear Sherri
    This poem gets me every time I read it. My father has advanced PD and i try to see his life now through your poem. Thank you so much for making me understand more his perspective and for sharing the trust you have in God.
    God bless!

  2. Sherri, this is beautiful. I choose to believe Parkinson’s will not get the best of us because we, like so many others, will have used up our best helping those who needed us in the here and now. I try to remember that none of us — not even the temporarily healthy — are promised tomorrow.

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