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"Holiday and Holidays" by Tom Gorman

by Tom Gorman

December 21, 2004

We may celebrate the “holidays”, but we don’t get a “holiday” from Parkinson ‘s disease - unless you consider everyday a holiday when you have Parkinson’ s. Some days are better than others, but we know that the morning will bring the usual problems and perhaps some new, stronger ones.

The holidays are often a time of great stress, something that anyone, but especially a person with Parkinson’s doesn’t need. Stress can “unmake” the day, with the Parkinsonian symptoms appearing much sooner than usual.

The dilemma to those with Parkinson’s disease, and their care givers, is enjoying the holidays while knowing the disease is not taking a holiday, but is working on its plans for us.

When I first visited a neurologist’s office over three years ago, the person who reviewed my medical history and then current physical condition was impressed. She commented that “you are in great shape, except for the Parkinson’s!”

The neurologist soon confirmed my holiday from Parkinson’s was officially over, and pronounced four words I didn’t want to hear, “There is no cure.” I had a classic case of the disease for 365 days a year (366 in leap years) for the rest of my life.

There are many holidays in this country. We should all work for “Parkinson’s disease free” holidays, and especially (hopefully soon) the new one celebrating the day the cure was found.

Tom Gorman

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