“I’m okay!” | A common utterance from a Parkinson’s Disease Patient

There I was lying down on a rainy Saturday night considering the ramifications, damage and discomfort caused by Parkinson’s Disease, and from a unique perspective indeed.


Yes I fell.  But I’m OK!


The rain was falling in my face and soaking into my best Argyle sweater as I lay on my back in the oily asphalt parking lot between two cars at the Yogurtland shop in San Pedro.
Things could have been worse, I reasoned, as an alarmed friend piled out to come to my aid. Nobody in Yogurtland saw me take a tumble to the soggy pavement, otherwise we might have an annoying crowd gathered around to add embarrassment to my predicament.
The rain wasn’t heavy, so my sweater wasn’t soaked through yet.
My friend Greg ls burly and strong, although on the other hand we are both wide. The space between the cars where I fell was very narrow  and slippery even if one is hale, hearty and not prone to sudden falls.

Parkinsons blog, parkinson's disease symtoms, parkinson's disease research, parkinson's disease, michael j. fox‘I’m ok. I’m ok.” I blurted as my feet flew out from under me, while trying to squeeze into the car, a common utterance since developing this confounded disabling brain disorder.

One’s muscles become stiff and unresponsive and I couldn’t even roll over in the oily wet to assist in my own rescue.

“Do you want me to pull you backward or forward?,” Greg puffed, giving up on my ankles and grabbing my wrists. I didn’t care. as long as the Yogurtland crowd couldn’t see us. They might think it was a mugging in progress.
I was about to say: “Forget me. Save yourself,” when Greg gave a mighty heave under my arms and hauled me to my feet. So much for one more adventurous day in the life of one of America’s estimated one million victims of Parkinson’s Disease.
At least I suffered no broken bones, but medical experts suggest that is just a matter of time for me at this rate.

Never in my wildest dreams


Seriously. I never dreamed I would develop a condition like the somewhat mysterious Parkinson’s Disease in my twilight years. Throughout life I have heard little of it. For one thing. it rarely strikes those under 50 and for many years, average American life expectancy was not much higher.
That is a small window of exposure compared with diseases that traditionally strike younger victims whose loss is generally noted as more tragic and wasteful to the nation. Polio was the major health menace when I was a child, for example along with birth defects.


PD support and research


As a young adult I recall only four persons who had Parkinson’s disease, all elderly and only one a close family friend. I recall no fund drives nor educational campaigns to raise money funds and public awareness. That is changing and it’s a change overdue.
Life expectancy for men and women is steadily increasing with a concomitant upsurge in patients under treatment for Parkinson’s Disease, which has brought more focus to treatment and increasing research.
New hope has been developing around stem cell research that could revolutionize Parkinsons blog, parkinson's disease symtoms, parkinson's disease research, parkinson's disease, michael j. foxdelivery of the neurotransmitter compound dopamine to PD patients whose systems cease to produce it. Dopamine enables muscles to receive message impulses from nerves and the loss of these links is responsible for deterioration and loss of function
Celebrity and fame can also enhance a cause and its support provided they are believable and not just window dressing acting in the role of a Master of Ceremonies and a shaker of hands.

No one can doubt Michael J. Fox’s understanding and commitment to a cure, nor Muhammad Ali’s belief that a knockout punch can someday be delivered.

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