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World Parkinson’s Day – You’re not alone

(courtesy, ParkinsonsDisease.net)

For approximately 10 million people with PD and their loved ones every day is a Parkinson’s Day. Each of us has a different flavor variety as it manifests itself differently in each and every one of us. More than that within each of us it moves and changes on a day to day basis often on a whim.

It impacts each of us physically, emotionally, socially and financially and 4 years into the journey I am still learning about the basics.

I certainly am not celebrating this anniversary but it is a time to reflect and show appreciation for the huge number of people who have and are helping me in my journey and to give a personal offer of help to others.

I receive support from people near and far – my awesome family, my friends, doctors, therapists and trainers of all varieties, colleagues, clients, support group members and all of the researchers and others out there advancing the science and treatment. To all I say thank you!!! I may not show it – in fact you may just see my grumpy side – but I appreciate it hugely!

I have tried in various posts in the last month to do my bit to raise awareness such as a guide for those newly diagnosed https://fightingparkinsonss.com/2024/03/12/asserts2/ , a post on how PD can be just a part of life https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/young-parkinsons-only…/ , a post on how important attitude is https://fightingparkinsonss.com/…/every-day-is…/ but my main message it that you are not alone.

There are many great resources out there but even if you are struggling alone with PD ‘in secret’ and are nervous about reaching out to others, you are welcome to reach out to me confidentially. I may be able to help or at least point you to someone who can.

I am not a ‘public’ person who likes talking about his feelings but I have decided that if I can help even one person then it is worth putting myself out there. I hope this day of awareness helps in the fight to cope with and ultimately defeat PD and I welcome you to share, like or comment on this so that you can do a little bit in raising awareness as well.

About the Author
I live in Yad Binyamin having made Aliyah 17 years ago from London. I have an amazing wife and kids including a son in Special Forces and two daughters, one soon to start uni and one in high school. A partner of a global consulting firm and a Parkinson's patient and advocate.
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