We all know the game “truth or dare”… oh those horrific teenage memories. I will review the rules for those who have been living under a rock. It’s a game for 2 or more participants. Players are given the choice between answering a question truthfully, or performing a “dare”, both of which are set by the other players. The person in the hot seat has to decide which is the lesser evil, the undeniable truth or a challenging dare. I have created my own spin on the prepubescent sport… Parkinson’s Truth or Dare!
Here are the rules, I will give you a Parkinson’s truth and then I will dare you to do something related to that fact. I suck at explaining the rubrics of a game, but let’s just wing it… game on!
1. Truth: Exercise may be the only scientific proven method of slowing the progression of Parkinson’s disease
Dare: I dare you to do some form of exercise (at your modified level) that makes you break a sweat EVERY day this week… as my 3rd grade teacher said, “remember if you cheat, you’re only cheating yourself.”
2. Truth: Educating yourself about Parkinson’s will help you gain the knowledge to prepare for the progression of your disease.
Dare: I dare you to go to the local bookstore and find 3 resources for Parkies and read them thoroughly. Sorry no Nicholas Sparks tonight.
3. Truth: Not many people know what Parkinson’s disease (PD) is. They think that PD is an old man’s disorder. They also don’t understand that everyday brings a different set of symptoms.
Dare: I dare you to educate at least one person about Parkinson’s disease everyday for the next month.
4. Truth: There is no cure for Parkinson’s disease.
Dare: I dare you to accept this truth and create a grateful journal. Every night for the next 14 days jot down 3 things that you are grateful for.
5. Truth: Creating a PD Wolfpack will help you manage your Parkinson’s by feeling supported and not alone in your battle.
Dare: I dare you to recruit people, animals, objects that you can turn to when the going gets tough. This way, you don’t drain one resource; you have a plethora of options to turn to. The word “plethora” isn’t used enough… it’s just fun to say…. pleeettthhoorrraaa.
6. Truth: Parkinson’s does not just impact one person… its effects can be felt by all those around.
Dare: I dare you to acknowledge this truth and have a conversation with close family and friends to communicate your diagnosis, future plans and what you need from your inner circle. This is a perfect time to expand your wolfpack and also address any concerns they might have.
7. Truth: Your “on” time is important and wasting it on those who don’t deserve it doesn’t benefit you as a person or the progression of your Parkinson’s.
Dare: I dare you to skim through your address book and calendar then label all people and events on a scale of 1-3 (1=doesn’t improve my life or causes me distress, 2= Sometimes can be helpful, or family who you have little contact with and 3= activities that you truly enjoy or people who you know to be supportive and understanding. Then it’s time to trim the fat! Eliminate all the 1’s from your contacts and calendars. It’s your life. Choose who or what gets your precious time. Don’t waste it on people or events that don’t serve you.
Well I can keep going, but I figure I have stumped a few of you. It may not be as fun as those “truth or dare” games you played in your awkward adolescent years, but it’s a fun challenge. Now try to complete as many of these dares as you can and then comment about them below… I double dog dare you!