I have met the most incredible people cohosting "Living Well Starts Here" podcast - created by and for people with Young Onset Parkinson's disease (YOPD). These people are warriers. They are heros.
They are filled with hope!
I found my calling when asked to co-host "Living Welll Starts Here" a podcast brought to you by Young Onset Parkinson's Network.
We were asked what topics we are passionate about I immediately started creating a 3-part Mental Wellness series.
It's time to remove the stigma attached to mental health in this country. Doctors need to understand that mental wellness is as mportant as the medical management of Parkinson's.
After my own bad experience and suffering unneccearily,
I recognize the power I have to advocate, educate and empathize with others like myself.
Maintaining Emotional Health is as important as the medical management of Parkinson's
Managing Your Diagnosis: Developing a Wellness Plan
3-Part Mental Wellness
Life goes on even when adversity makes you feel like you're losing hope.
Life throws curveballs.
Mine seemed like a rapid fire as loss, fear, and more loss dominated 2021 and 2022.
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.
While my YOPD diagnosis has significantly changed my life forever, several things have changed for the better such as my cohosting gig on the "Living Well Starts Here".
Let's just say that the little girl who talked alot and had a vibrant vocabulary by the age of 6 has now found her calling.