HI, was diagnosed with PD in 3/06--very angry at first--soon realized this was a waste of energy. Looked at myself in mirror and decided that I couldn't give it back so I better learn to live with it!!! At the time I was a staff RN in a busy ED but not once in my 17 months working there did I have a patient comment on my tremor nor did I not get an IV site on the first attempt. Humor I have found is the best medicine---not that I don't get frustrated I do but I am the first to laugh at myself which is good for me and helps others accept the challenges I sometimes have to deal with. It's been 5.5 years and the disease progression has been slow for which I feel blessed. I retired this past April from a nursing career that spanned 46 yrs, recently started a relationship after 15 yrs living independently following a divorce, still drive and am actually feeling better than I have in a long time --so life is good.
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