I’m sitting here in Chamonix France, having flown halfway around the world in order to hike around Mount Blanc. After the first day of hiking, the leadership determined that I am not fit enough to take the hike, so here I am back in the hotel while the others are all hiking around Mount Blanc.
How do I feel? Of course I feel sad that I am not with the group and I’m not able to take the hike. It looks very beautiful from the pictures and I’m not going to have the opportunity to do it. But I’ve had Parkinson’s for almost 11 years and there a lot of things I cannot do. If I focus on what I cannot do, I will miss all the opportunities that life still has to offer. I don’t intend to do that. When I wrote home that I’m not able to finish the hike, I got all sorts of messages from family and friends, cheering me on and supporting me for all the things that I have already done. There will be other opportunities, and there are already other opportunities. I will not look back and say what is past, but will look forward and say here I come! I still cannot deny feeling a little sad.