There’s no crying in baseball! This line from the 1992 Tom Hanks/Geena Davis movie, A League of Their Own, is a running joke in our house. We quote that scene to poke fun at each other in a multitude of situations. But when a person is diagnosed with a chronic, progressive illness, such as Parkinson’s disease, there is a whole lot of crying, and it is absolutely appropriate and understandable! Still, a wise person once said something to the effect that people with Parkinson’s must be brave and determined to live well with the disease. I am always amazed to see how many courageously rise to that challenge!
I meet people with Parkinson’s almost every day through online social media and also in my off-line world. I am hard pressed to think of any that I have met who weren’t fighting with all the tools at their disposal to keep putting one foot in front of the other and grab onto the best possible quality of life still available to them. The world at large doesn’t always understand the effort they expend, but I sure do. It seems to me it’s like they’re trying to run a marathon day after day. Some days are stellar and they win the prize of controlling their uncooperative bodies to accomplish their goals! Other days it’s all they can do to get out of bed. Still, people living the best life they can with PD keep on trying! They know that they have to move it or lose it! They consciously hang onto a sense of humor and dig deep for determination to keep going in the face of daunting set backs.
I love working with people with Parkinson’s. They never fail to inspire me!