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A Little of This and A Little of That

Posted Jan 19 2010 7:48am

bikes against poleI was sitting here thinking, “Why can’t I think of anything to write about for PJ?” and realized that sometimes I avoid thinking about Parkinson’s. And then I thought, “Just write about something that might encourage others with or without PD.” But you know what? I’m not sure I can even do that, so I’m gonna just tell you what is on my mind. I hope you don’t mind!

Some days I wish so bad I could work again. In May, it will be 3 years since my last day at my job as an analytical chemist. It was a job I loved. I worked for 20 years in that arena; three early years for a pharmaceutical company and then 17 years more at a chemical company. I worked with a great bunch of people, had a challenging, good paying job, and felt content with my life and job. Now, I consider trying to live my life with Parkinson’s disease as a full time job. The job stability is tenuous at best, depending upon a whole host of other daily variables. And I still have those other jobs of wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend that I try to keep focused on as well.

There were times when I was working that I wished I had a job that really helped people more in some way. Maybe my job living with Parkinson’s is it. You’ve got to be careful what you wish for, right? I have met so many people living with Parkinson’s that have been an inspiration to me, and I hope in some small ways I have learned from them and can be an encouragement to others. Some days are very hard to keep a positive attitude, but that’s when I turn to those whom I’ve learned from to give me a pick-up.

I had some other thoughts but I’ve gone to sleep for a few hours since I started this, and they may come back to me at some other time. For now, I will tell you that I hope you will have a great day. I hope if you get a chance you will read some of the other notes here at Parkinson’s Journey and be encouraged. I hope that whatever you face in your life, you will have special people around you to help you cope and survive. And I hope that for everyone who reads this, no matter what is going on in your life, that you know the joy, the peace, and the love that can only come from THE ONE who loves you more than anything! HE is the one who ultimately helps me get through everything and gives me a song to sing!!!

So just do it…

live it…..


like the gift it is…

and come back to see us and share with us what is going on in your life !


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