I notice during April Parkinson’s awareness month, there’s an abundance of information available but there is one topic that doesn’t get much attention… gender. Studies have shown that men are more at risk than women to developing Parkinson’s disease. Now this can be due to the fact that men tend to be exposed to more toxins or head injuries based on their line of work, or maybe it is just nature’s way of leveling out the playing field seeing as women are responsible for the pain of giving birth. Receiving a diagnosis of PD can be challenging regardless of your gender, but it can take a hard hit on ladies and their self-esteem. So I have compiled a list of some helpful hints to help us women (who just happen to have a Neurological disorder) stay super-foxy.
Perky’s Pointers To Feeling Pretty
1. Put on Perfume or your favorite fragrance.
-Everyday start with a spritz of something that smells delicious like Vanilla, Lavender or Frozen Yogurt (if only they made that… but then I might just start chewing on my wrist).
–It is hard to look attractive if your resting face looks like a sad emoji. Not to mention when you smile, people will smile back. Now you’re spreading positive energy!
3. Wear sexy, sassy undergarments.
-It will be your little secret, not Victoria’s. But if the thought of promenading around in cheeky knickers or braving the daunting task of wearing a thong makes you have a panic attack, a clean pair of cotton briefs can do the trick.
4. Adopted a very ugly dog.
-Because the animal will distract anyone from really looking at you. But truly anyone who would adopt a dog that looks like Oscar the Grouch has to be a beautiful person. Woof!
5. Time to hit the gym.
-You knew this was coming… If I told you I had a pill that would help your Parkinson’s symptoms, medication absorption, constipation, mood, physical health, energy and super-foxiness, you would be heading to your nearest pharmacy. Well get ready to swallow a new gym membership… oh my, that sounds like a painful pill. If sweaty treadmills, wall-to wall mirrors and men grunting as they stare at their own reflections isn’t your thing… then walk that ugly dog to the park! The most important thing is just moving.
6. Buy a new outfit that makes you feel like a saucy minx.
-Nothing feels more awesome than a new dress, workout clothes or even a new pair of True Religion Jeans… I am just saying they do wonders for your booty, which then makes you feel like you want to take your newly adopted Oscar the Grouch dog for a walk… in your secret silk undies… with your favorite perfume… smiling… I could go all day.
7. Put on makeup or a bright color of lipstick.
-Just be careful that you’re not dyskinetic when you’re curling your eyelashes or have a bad tremor when applying your mascara. Unless you are going for that Parkie punk look… then go crazy!
8. Get your hair did.
-Gurl, yo lookin’ fine! What girl doesn’t feel like a super model ready to hit the catwalk after a long overdue visit to your hairdresser?
9. Be compliant with your medication and follow doctor’s orders.
-This is a no-brainer. If you are working with your doctor to find the best medication cocktail to control your symptoms, then do what is recommended. I promise you, diagnosing yourself or changing your PD meds without consulting with your physician will not help you on the attractive scale. In fact, the results will not be pretty!
10. Put on feel good music and dance like no one is watching.
-Just make sure that you close the blinds, yes, I learned the hard way. It is difficult to look cool shredding on your air guitar in tube socks and a housedress.
11. When all else fails, stay in dim-lit rooms
-Light can be your friend, like when you have a candle glow beaming off your face during a romantic dinner. Or it can be your enemy, like the darn florescent lighting shining down on you as you try to shimmy your body into a bathing suit at Target. I shudder at the thought.
This blog is obviously silly, but also has a very serious message. Even though we may have Parkinson’s disease, we are still beautiful, strong women that have the ability to empower and inspire each other. So strap on those stilettos (even if it is just for quick picture) and get your smile on! Feel free to post your super-foxy powerful Parkie picture. Here’s mine!
Image courtesy of Rosemary Ratcliff at FreeDigitalPhotos.net