I’ve had PD for almost six years and in that time, four have been spent meeting people online whose lives are impacted by Parkinson’s. I am also involved in a local support group. All of my friendships with people with Parkinson’s have affected my life in a profound way…many in ways that would be hard to describe because they are so special.
Some of these people I have never met, and many of them I have. It is a special time when you can shake a hand or give a hug to one who you have shared your experiences with Parkinson’s. I want the world to know that I’m living the best I can with Parkinson’s - with a lot of help from my friends. But I also want the world to know that I’m dreaming about, hoping for, and praying for a cure so that we can do even more with our lives/bodies/minds/souls for someone else who may need a hand, a shoulder, or a heart to help with life’s ups and downs.
Just as people come in all kinds of shapes, colors, and intensity, so do friendships. It takes all kinds of friends to make us who we are, to help us cope with PD, and to bring a smile on a day just when we need it. It’s kind of crazy when you think about it– how an illness can bring you a blessing in the form of another who shares the same path. I’d like to thank the many people who have encouraged me …those who have PD or don’t… for their compassion and concern.
An online friend in Florida, Dana, (’dgator77′ on Flickr) has made a group on Flickr called ‘Faces of PD’ for anyone to use as a wonderful way to express honor to someone special or to just let the world know you have PD and that you are still gonna live your life to the fullest ( http://www.flickr.com/groups/facesofpd/ ).
So… don’t just think about it…do it!!!!!!! Put something here!!! ( And please put enough comment on your pics so we can know about you, or the person/people you are honoring, or the art/talent/creativity that you enjoy even with PD in your life.)
If you don’t want to join you can send mail to her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.