What is Parkies to me?

A Poem…. What is Parkies to me, well it is a gift I look at my life and my spirit will lift I live with more depth, much less on the surface It’s given me now a life full of purpose It makes time more precious I spend on this earth It gives me moreContinue reading “What is Parkies to me?”

Parkies, Positivity and Purpose…

I was out with my husband today having a coffee in a local cafe. We were talking about a new project that I am working on. He turned to me and said, ‘You know, since you’ve been diagnosed with Parkinson’s you seem to have more positivity and purpose in life.’ I had to agree heContinue reading “Parkies, Positivity and Purpose…”

I am a more emotional being since Parkies!

I think I have always been a reasonably emotional person but have noticed very much that since Parkies has come into my life, that I am definitely more so. Not that I wasn’t a caring person before, but I think that things matter so much more for me now. I have been a more prolificContinue reading “I am a more emotional being since Parkies!”

Collective Wisdom…

I found this definition of Collective Wisdom and I think it illustrates the point of this post very nicely. “Collective wisdom, also called group wisdom and co-intelligence, is shared knowledge arrived at by individuals and groups.” I went along to something that was referred to as a “Workshop” last night and I’m afraid it fellContinue reading “Collective Wisdom…”

We are the experts! Parkies People

In my last post, I talked about the value of being with others who have similar experience that we can connect to. I also spoke about a conference my husband and I attended in Rotorua a couple of years ago. It was shortly after I was diagnosed and while I had some hesitation about going,Continue reading “We are the experts! Parkies People”

Finding my tribe…

I often say that there is nothing like a shared experience to bring people together. I know when I was a very young first time Mum – at age 20 – that getting together with other Mums and sharing our experiences and things that worked for us, was really useful. You knew that others wereContinue reading “Finding my tribe…”

‘Shouldisms’ and Self-care

The use of language is a powerful thing. The words we use can create negative or positive thoughts and feelings. I have always hated the word ‘should’, to me it is heavily value laden with the expectations of others. We then take on board and often beat ourselves up for not achieving what they andContinue reading “‘Shouldisms’ and Self-care”

What makes a good marriage and what is romance?

Looking at Facebook today, I saw a post that said simply ‘What makes a good marriage?’ and encouraged people to comment. As we get older and have more experience with relationships and with marriage, we can change our thinking on these things. Having been married a total of three times, I think I have learnedContinue reading “What makes a good marriage and what is romance?”

Life is about learning… Learning for life!

At each age and stage, we learn new things. As we grow through the stages of life we learn as an individual how we do life. When my daughter had her beautiful twin girls – my first grandchildren – just as she had to learn to be a mother, I had to learn how toContinue reading “Life is about learning… Learning for life!”

Peer Support…

Who are our peers? Tonight, for the first time in a long time, I attended a Peer Support group run by our local MS & Parkinson’s Society. I had enquired about the group after I received an email notice that it was coming up. Previously, I had attended a group for people who were inContinue reading “Peer Support…”