This is my story. My doctors believe my Parkinson's is environmentally connected. My DNA was tested and do not have genetic markers for Parkinson's yet I have just completed a second DATSCAN (2013 & 2020) confirming that I have PD. Need proof? Click here for a 1976 South Florida Ecological Study of soil samples in my neighborhood: https://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/1011/report.pdf. From 1973-1975 I, along with my neighbors, were overhead crop dusted with DDT numerous times in order to eradicate the mosquito population coming in from the Everglades. Pests to residents, it was also meant to stop the spread of insect-bourne diseases like Malaria. It was a yellow powder that rained down on us as we played outside. I still remember it today. This study documents the invasion of the human population into native South Florida wetlands that were literally landfilled to make acreage for tract home communities. The water was filled in with soil and the water was runoff into drainage canals. We had one that run alongside Bailey Road (C1 or C4 canal, I believe). At one point humans and ecology clashed in the early-mid 70's and they came to a crossroads; decide whether to continue on the path of ecological destruction which ultimately wins and causes human destruction like my disease. The Florida government took the high road and the ecology won. They stopped the overhead spray but the levels of toxins were 1000% above normal in soil studies.... and still are to this day. The same neighborhood. Scientists predict it will take more than 100 years. A lasting legacy that we have no recourse for. Toxins most likely did this to me and thousands of others. Pharma researchers are on the path to finding the antidote that will block those toxins from continuing to destroy human dopamine transmitters in the brain. The toxins turned a switch on. The antidote (treatment) will turn it off. Funding research and legislation to clean up the environment is vital to the health of our planet. Look for my new Parkinson's research fundraising campaign coming soon. Help me help foundations help scientists eradicate Parkinson's Disease. Never give up and never give in.
My heart spoke to me. I wrote down what it said. To no one in particular. Perhaps it was meant for you. If it is, my heart goes out to you...........
Pure love was all you were on the day you were born. You were a bundle of cells that formed and thrived and lived and entered the world with a fresh start. From that moment you took your first breath, time began to build your personal journey with the world around you. You were influenced by people who surrounded you. They taught you everything you needed to know in order to communicate your needs so that they could care for you until you were capable of making the simplest decisions on your own. Up until then you knew nothing but love and gratitude for the one that fed and nurtured you. As soon as you saw them you simply smiled and your caretaker smiled back. The simplest and purist form of saying, “I love you.” You didn’t know to look at them harshly or in anger. You didn’t think to yourself, “This person is beautiful,” or “I hate this person because they did this or that.” You also didn’t have any opinion about what people did around you. Your brain did not yet have any experiences you would use to comprehend the world in a complex way. You were only able to smile, look around, sleep, touch, smell, and take in the world without any judgement. You lived from how you felt and you were purely honest, because you didn’t yet know how to fake it or lie. Those were learned responses.
NEVER GIVE UP & NEVER GIVE IN !! You've got that right...
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"Lisa Chalker is One Face of Early Onset Parkinson's Disease. Come along on her journey from symptoms to diagnosis; through treatments and therapies. There are highs and lows, miracles and heart notes, and the determination to never, ever, ever, ever give up on the power of HOPE."