I Have Parkinson’s Disease
|My sisters and me in our orange walk shirts!!|
And it’s something I’m learning to live with! Exercise is important, so I’m walking nearly every day and on the days it rains I go to the Y and work out on their machines.
I’ve also joined a Boxing class for people with Parkinson’s. I may not be Muhammed Ali, but I LOVE IT! (And he lived with Parkinson’s for thirty years.)
And next month I’ll be rowing in an 8-person skull on Lake Mendota with my Boxing buddies. It’s a program the University of Wisconsin makes available every July, free of charge for people with Parkinson’s.
In April nine Sisters joined me in a Walk-fundraiser for Parkinson’s. This was so supportive for me. We joined with many others that day. We had a great time and raised over $56,000!
This is all new to me, and I’m learning so much. One thing I’m learning is that many people live with chronic and progressive diseases. I consider myself lucky because I have a whole community of Sisters who are willing to support me.
What are YOU learning to live with?
Who is supporting you?
Ruth Poochigian, O.P.