As some of you may remember, my dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease 5 years ago. Up until last year we had done the Parkinson’s SuperWalk each year to raise money to support people in BC living with the disease.
This year we were able to go for annual family camping trip. My dad, Victor, was in his element once again. He came in hot, ordering the troops around, letting us know that we were loading the trailer, building the tent, and hanging the hammock wrong.
It was classic Victor – and we loved it. Because to be honest, his way is usually the right way.
Another great trip for the books.
It’s been a tough couple years for everyone. The pandemic forced us to lean on courage, positivity, and hope. Still, folks struggled with mental health issues that resurfaced or became amplified, and our family was no different. We faced these struggles like millions of others around the world.
This year my dad taught me resilience. We strengthened this skill side by side when we both started experiencing severe anxiety earlier this year. We would workout, sing, dance, and meditate together to help calm our nerves. Facing this at the same time, under such unique circumstances made us even closer and inspired a newfound appreciation for life and all the ups and downs that come with it. What is the need for courage without fear, positivity without uncertainty, and hope without despair? How can you build resiliency without undergoing hardship?
All I know for sure is that we couldn’t have made it through without each other, our family, and friends.
In the words of Maya Angelou:
“I’m not sure if resilience is ever achieved alone. Experience allows us to learn from example. But if we have someone who loves us – I don’t mean who indulges us, but who loves us enough to be on our side – then it’s easier to grow resilience, to grow belief in self, to grow self-esteem. And it’s self-esteem that allows a person to stand up.”
Unfortunately, we couldn’t participate in the 2020 Parkinson’s SuperWalk. However, this year we’re back and excited to get family and friends together to walk in honor of all people affected by this disease.
All contributions, no matter how big or how small, are critical to those affected by Parkinson's. I hope you’ll support my walk this year and help me reach my fundraising goal.
Parkinson's disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's and can manifest itself in a range of both motor and non-motor symptoms. Living with Parkinson's can be incredibly challenging for the individual as well as for their family, friends, and carepartners. Currently, there is no cure.
Your donation will help Parkinson Society British Columbia continue to provide valuable programs, services, advocacy efforts and research contributions.
Every dollar is one step closer to improving the lives of those in need.
Thank you for your support!