Big thanks to everyone who participated in the 3rd PM webinar broadcast last Thursday. The video will be available within the next week on parkinsonsmovement.com for those who missed the live broadcast. Our theme for the webinar was "Taking Control" and looked at the different ways in which people with Parkinson's can empower themselves to take control of their illness.
I've been thinking recently about Parkinson's Movement and what kind of people PM is about. Parkinson's is a long journey and how we spend our time is important. Ask yourself this:
Are you content to be a passenger or do you want to drive?
Will you wait to be told the answers or demand to ask the questions?
Will you waste your life waiting or spend it seeking?
Will you take what you want or give what you can?
Do you grieve for what you cannot do or celebrate what you can?
Should you live a life of regrets or a life of opportunities?
Evidence increasingly points to the conclusion that self empowerment improves our quality of life and physical well-being. If we are apathetic and disinterested, we will do less well than those who engage with their illness. But nobody can do that for you. In the end it comes down to a single question:
Will Parkinson's defeat you or define you?