The negative Parkinson's Mindset
Oh My God . . . No! Not Parkinson’s.
Please . . . Say it isn’t so.
What’s going to become of me?
I know people who died from Parkinson’s. It was horrible.
My neurologist says it is incurable . . . progressive . . .
. . .irreversible . . . hopeless.
Medicines will help for a while—but only for a while.
Many medicines have terrible side effects.
I wish I didn’t have to take medicine.
I wait in suspense for the next Parkinson’s symptom to appear.
I don’t exercise well enough.
I’m just too tired, too sad.
I keep on talking with others about medicines and side effects.
My mind never stops repeating my fears.
I’m embarrassed at how I appear to others.
At times, I wish I could die now and get it over with.
I keep looking for the newest breakthrough or cure.
The positive Parkinson's Mindset
I have Parkinson’s disease. I’m glad it’s not ALS or Alzheimer's.
I choose to view it as a challenge, not a curse.
I will seek out patients who are doing well and learn from them.
Neurologists see the people who are doing the worst with PD, so their opinions are often jaded.
I will take no medicine before its time.
I will adopt reasonable alternative / complementary medical practices.
Neuroplasticity: I will engage my body-mind to make it work for me.
I will study and read . . . a lot.
There is much to be learned about my Body-Mind.
I reject the phrase, “I can’t!” . . . I can, dammit, and I will!
I will always stand tall. I will not allow my head and shoulders slouch.
When I walk, I will make it look like I don't have have PD.
I commit myself to smiling and laughter.
I have a full life ahead of me . . . it’s up to me to live it.