Parkinson's and Thankfulness

I was once in a training meeting when the training coordinator included a session on having an attitude of gratitude.  In life being grateful for all opportunities to grow no matter the situation made all the difference in being successful in life.  Having a degenerative neurological disease such as Parkinson’s or being a Care Partner or family member of a person with Parkinson’s can bring an array of different emotions and experiences.  The question is can it bring gratitude?  During the Thanksgiving holiday season, with the gathering of family and friends we can always find the “what are we thankful for” quotes.  It is during this time of year it would be a great time to challenge ourselves to actually look at what has Parkinson’s brought into our lives to be thankful for.  A common theme from people with Parkinson’s is the community of support and additional friends that come into our lives.  I have heard it said many times that with Parkinson’s a whole new life of wonderful individuals from many diverse backgrounds become more than friends, more than acquaintances, and yes almost like family.  Our goals have changed, our interests have changed and living has become more focused, while strengthening relationships.  So, when I think back to that training session I can see clearly the thoughtful advice that an attitude of gratitude was not only helpful in business during the good times, but even when life takes an unexpected turn and the road is rough and smooth at the same time. 

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

By Pat Donahoo

Parkinson's Place