My personal journey of contemplation and perspective
My journey began on January 29, 2018, when I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. I have lived with it for almost five years. It will be with me forever. I will make it through even on the days when I feel like I can’t take it anymore.
Following my diagnosis, when the shock wore off, I finally peeled myself off the couch after three months to begin the process of facing my new life. I started to exercise my body and soul with boxing and horseback riding lessons.
Then, on May 6, 2021, my life once again veered off the path with the death of my father in May: Lee’s tonsil cancer diagnosis in October and my mom’s death in December. Overwhelmed is an understatement, yet I had to put my grief and Parkinson’s on hold to take care of Lee.
Does adversity make you stronger? I always looked at it as an unnecessary evil. Over the years, even before my diagnosis, I let many lessons slip right past me. This formed me, and, at times, made me feel lost and alone.