Parkinson's Disease

A Decade with Parkinson’s Disease: On Becoming a “Lab Rat”

Signing up for a clinical study is not an irreversible decision. Trial participants always have the right to change their mind. After agreeing to participate in the Parkinson's Progressive Marker Initiative (PPMI) at the Cleveland Clinic I went home and spent more than a few days questioning my decision. I found many reasons why I… Continue reading A Decade with Parkinson’s Disease: On Becoming a “Lab Rat”

Parkinson's Disease

A Decade with Parkinson’s Disease: Decisions

After my first, disturbing visit to a doctor in 2009, I spent the following months reading. The internet can be a scary place. Horror stories, myths, and outright deceptions are everywhere and cover all topics. Fortunately, I knew the importance of choosing only well-known, reliable sources. The more I learned, and the more time that… Continue reading A Decade with Parkinson’s Disease: Decisions

Parkinson's Disease

A Decade with Parkinson’s Disease: The Diagnosis

Updated April 3, 2019 I was 48 years old when I first noticed that something was amiss. It started in my little finger. I was sitting quietly and noticed a slight tremor. It was the oddest thing I’d ever felt. It didn’t prevent me from doing anything that I wanted to do though, so I… Continue reading A Decade with Parkinson’s Disease: The Diagnosis

Parkinson's Disease

A Decade with Parkinson’s Disease: In the Beginning…

Knowing me to be a lifelong writer, when I was first diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2009, friends encouraged me to start a "Parkinson's blog." But writing about PD was the last thing I wanted to do. Everyone experiences the happenings of life differently.  When diagnosed with PD, I didn’t feel like it was the… Continue reading A Decade with Parkinson’s Disease: In the Beginning…

Arts, Crafts and Creations, Happy Holidays, Travel and Day Trips

Daytripping to Geneva, OH for Christmas and Crafts 2018

The 2018 craft fair dates are Saturday, November 10 and 17.  Each year as the wind turns bitter cold and the once green, and then golden, and now brown and falling leaves pile up beneath the big oaks and maples in my back yard, my sister and I kick off the Christmas shopping season with a day… Continue reading Daytripping to Geneva, OH for Christmas and Crafts 2018