ParkisonVoice Winter Issue | Volume 4, Issue 3

WINTER 2012 Volume 4, Issue 3

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LivingGracefullywithParkinson’s ByTerri Reinhart

Eeyore: “We can’t all, and some of us don’t. That’s all there is to it.” “ Can’t all what?”said Pooh, rubbing his nose. “ Gaiety. Song-and-dance. Here we go

round the mulberry bush.” - fromWinnie the Pooh

People sometimes ask me how I stay so positive. The truth is, I don’t. I fret. I worry. I complain. This is a family trait of ours. My brother describes his birth as the only time the doctor had ever seen a baby born wringing his hands. My favoriteWinnie the Pooh character is Eeyore. Fretting is something I’m good at, but it’s not a talent everyone appreciates. We’re not supposed to fret, worry and complain; at least not out loud. We’re supposed to be positive. Just look at all the self-help books out there. How many books talk about the benefits of worrying or how to complain to your heart’s content?

well. But then I’d get tired or stressed and fall back on all those habits, not to mention my natural Eeyore personality. Of course, this convinces me I really am negative and awful and I feel guilty and the cycle continues. It took being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease for me to learn that fighting isn’t the answer. When I was first diagnosed, there were a number of people who responded to my news

with: “You’re a fighter, Terri. We know you’re strong enough to beat this.”I was never sure how to reply. “I’m not a fighter,”I would say. “I’m a retired kindergarten teacher and I’ve spent nearly 20 years trying to convince children not to fight.” Okay, I’ve already admitted that I’ve fought all kinds of stuff in myself. At that moment, however, I decided that I didn’t want to think of my Parkinson’s

I’ve tried. I fought this tendency for years and most of the time, I did pretty

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