So much has been happening in my life since I last sent an invitation to you asking if you would like to support me to help raise funds for Parkinson disease in BC. Through this particular event, the Parkinson SuperWalk helps the Parkinson Society British Columbia continue to grow its programs and services, by expanding advocacy efforts – of which I benefitted by qualifying to be part of the DUODOPA program (continuous delivery of levodopa), and increase its investment in innovative research.
You’ve all heard cliches like, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” – in other words… make the most with what you have and don’t miss the GOLDEN OPPORTUNITIES when they are presented to you!! A couple of years ago, my neurologist, Dr. Daryl Wile told me that I had reached what is called the Advanced Stage of Parkinson Disease. The news was suggested to me just as we were approaching what I had looked forward to for so many years… our GOLDEN YEARS and TIME FOR US, but the challenges seem to be causing us more than a bucket of laughs!!!
Last February, my Mom passed away at the age of 94. She had lived a long life and a few of her last words were that she was just, “waiting for her angels”. It wasn’t long after that when her eyes closed for the last time.
Three additional events that helped to put “the icing on the cake” were when in August, I broke my right hip after falling to the floor. In excruciating pain I remember looking up at Phil and hearing him say, “Well, what do we do now??” He called the ambulance!!
Then in December, just when I was starting to feel like I could actually move on my own, it happened again. I fell and broke my left hip. I never seem to do things in a small way!!! I now sport a titanium rod and screw set up in my right hip and I had a new ball constructed for my left hip.
After two trips to the hospital via the ambulance I decided NEVER want to go back… After being given narcotics to ease my pain “they” discovered that I was highly intolerant towards such medications. I lived through hallucinations and more, that were so scary I was afraid to go to sleep even after my hospital stay…
Patience has been my biggest struggle throughout this whole recovery stage!!
Now as a result of the two falls, I have been diagnosed with Osteoporosis so that means a shot every six months and that will keep the rest of my bones in an acceptable state.
I am totally grateful knowing that I am supported so strongly by my family and friends. Sometimes I try to send out emails/texts to update and encourage each of you on my most recent adventures and sometimes those messages get “recomposed” by the computer/phone itself… but I am still doing my best, so please be patient with me! I am not asking for pity of any sort, thanks!
I walk proudly for those people who can’t walk themselves… because I know first hand how discouraging and often depressing that can be. I walk in memory of Sepp and of Jay who were from our complex and no longer with us as well as those friends and acquaintances who presently share the disease. Remember,
FALLING DOWN IS AN ACCIDENT,
STAYING DOWN IS A CHOICE!!!
As I recently said to Phil … some days are good and some days are not so good. You just fight harder!!!! I’m not super-human but I would rather eliminate the lemons and choose to be on top!!
A HUGE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OVER THE PAST YEARS (financially and/or through thoughts, words and prayers)! I consider myself to be an example of forever making LEMONADE!!!
Don’t miss this GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY where you can help so many!
Meet you at the TOP!!
PLEASE DONATE TODAY!!