This week is my 4th anniversary since being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. I was having lunch with a friend when they asked me, “How do you feel about the last 4 years?” I had to think for a moment…. I know, the Perky Parkie speechless… impossible. I remembered how my body felt before the diagnosis, and it is heartbreaking, because I can see the progression of my disease in such a short time. Things that came with ease, now present a challenge.
Yes, it is a horrible disease and yes, I have had some extremely difficult moments, but the truth is, without Parkinson’s, I wouldn’t be who I am today. My life has a deeper meaning. I wouldn’t have had the honor to meet all the remarkable, inspiring and motivating people who have come into my life because of this disorder.
Sometimes I wonder about how I will feel and look in 4 more years…. trust me, not a great way to spend your afternoon. But although I am apprehensive about what the future may hold, I refuse to go down without a fight! I might get a few bumps and bruises along the way, but I won’t be defeated! So today, I lift my cup of Fro Yo to Parkinson’s and say, “Bring it!”