Dear friends and family,
Once again I am participating in Moving Day® Tampa Bay, benefiting the National Parkinson Foundation, on Saturday, April 1st, 2017, at the University of South Florida. This particular walk supports Tampa Bay area research, of which my Parkinson's doctor, Robert Hauser, is Director. Your contribution will help me in my life journey.
This is my 2nd year living with Parkinson's Disease and I can say it doesn't get easier. Unfortunately, the disease progresses. I try to manage my new and progressing symptoms, but it marches to its own tune. Just to be able to function on a daily basis, these are the things I must do daily:
I take my first dose of Carbidopa/Levidopa (1 of 4 daily doses) upon waking to help with tremors, and I do stretching for about 30 minutes before my feet hit the floor (rigidity and pain throughout the night make it so difficult to get up and get going).
I read my Bible for at least an hour each day and thank God for yesterday and also thank Him for the new day I am beginning. (I do a wonderful Bible Study with First5.org). It keeps me focused on who is in control, who is walking beside me through this battle and, ultimately, who I will be with after the battle is over. I rejoice that my Lord, Jesus Christ, is with me always!).
My newest issue is with my lungs. I struggle with breathing and coughing upon exertion, which is a real problem because extreme excercise is the only thing that helps my physical symptoms and muscle tone/muscle strength.
I need to excercise hard enough to produce Dopamine in my brain. (The Dopamine is what is being destroyed in the brain, so trying to replace it is vital to my health). Hence, I ride my awesome bicycle for 10 miles/5x weekly/13+mph. It's a must for me.
After dinner I have a resistance machine that stretches my arms/legs to try to help with painful rigidity during sleep. I think it helps a bit.
All that is just to function better during the day. Then there is life. I try to stay really active socially, spend time with my family, stay involved with my grandson, Blake, who is now 12, and have a fun and happy relationship with my hubby, Mike. All this is not easy. But I am so grateful for each of them and their love and support.
I am not complaining. I now live each day with as much joy as I can.
I am asking for your donation to the Moving Day Tampa Bay Walk on April 1st (no foolin') so that research can continue for those who will be diagnosed in the future. We never know if it will affect us, our children, our grandchildren or another loved one. PLEASE REACH INTO YOUR HEARTS AND GIVE TO THIS INCREDIBLE FOUNDATION, FOR SOMEONE YOU KNOW WHO HAS BEEN/WILL BE DIAGNOSED WITH PARKINSON'S DISEASE IN THE FUTURE.
If you are local here in the Tampa area, please feel free to join my Team!! Just sign up and Let's Move together!!!
As far as the Moving Day Walk, the event will be a fun-filled, family-friendly event for all ages and abilities. We will be able to enjoy a variety of movement activities, yoga, dance, Pilates, Tai Chi, boxing, stretching and much more and celebrate the importance of movement in our lives.
Thank you for helping me reach my fundraising goal of $7500 to support the vital work of the National Parkinson Foundation.
Thank you in advance.
I love you all,
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