Keep Climbing that Mountain

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Bodily Intimidation Last night I went to karate in glacier-mode. A glacier is a good analogy for times when I look like I have great potential to move, but I feel slow-moving and rigid. I tried to push through by jumping around and attempting various basic moves in the dance studio where we have taken … Read more Keep Climbing that Mountain

Independent Living

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Moving On Alone I’ve put off writing about this for some time. It’s tricky. I have wanted to work it through in my head but I don’t want to upset anyone with what I say. I’m going to write about my recent decision to do something many people have thought is ridiculous, rash, stupid and … Read more Independent Living

Positive Affirmations

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Positive Affirmations Emma wrote recently about Mohammad Ali and how it created her own motivational mantra. How positive affirmations helped her feel some much better day to day. I used to think that mantras were just for the hippies. The brown rice and sandals brigade. (Disclaimer – I own both brown rice and sandals) However … Read more Positive Affirmations

A Day in the Life – Emma

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A Day in the Life – Emma Woke up, got out of bed, took a bunch of dopamine. Living with Parkinson’s sometimes involves some crazy swings and roundabouts in energy, and general feelings of wellbeing. Yesterday I gave a good demonstration of how suddenly and shockingly I can crash. I was making pancakes for lunch, … Read more A Day in the Life – Emma

I’m The Greatest!

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The Muhammad Ali Approach to Affirmations Last year for Christmas I bought a ‘Big Life Journal’ for my two boys. It’s a guided journal with a series of research-based activities and resources to help kids build positive “growth-based” mindsets. The one we got was for “tweens/teens”, but there are different versions for younger kids. My … Read more I’m The Greatest!

What’s in a Name? The Living With Parkinson’s Blog

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Disease or Condition? I had a call from a friend yesterday that had been reading my blog. She asked me why I kept referring to Parkinson’s with the word ‘Disease’, as she knows I hate that term. I explained that it is a new website and I wanted to attract the widest traffic I could, … Read more What’s in a Name? The Living With Parkinson’s Blog

Pain Sucks – The Living With Parkinson’s Blog

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Pain Sucks Hey, well I…oh, I’m still alive. Sorry I’m a child of the 90s, I can’t help quoting Pearl Jam lyrics. It’s still my internal sound-track, although the grunge era (and my teens) are well over. But being alive is feeling pretty good even though I dropped down to a low ebb this week. … Read more Pain Sucks – The Living With Parkinson’s Blog

Just Me, No Apologies – The Living With Parkinson’s Blog

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I am Who I am I wrote a piece this week about how I felt about exercise. In it I wrote a list of things I feel when people talk to me about Parkinson’s. Two points were “I know I look fine, but I’m not” and “Stop trying to make me feel bad because I’m … Read more Just Me, No Apologies – The Living With Parkinson’s Blog

I Hate Exercise – The Living With Parkinson’s Blog

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I Hate Exercise I hate exercise. This morning I got up, ate my usual breakfast of five tablets and started doing yoga. I do it first. (Well, I visit the bathroom. Too much information?!) I have to do it first else I won’t do it.  There I was, trying to copy the exceedingly bendy woman … Read more I Hate Exercise – The Living With Parkinson’s Blog