I was going through some old photos tonight and noticed how relaxed I look in them compared to today. These are from 2005-2007. Aren't they beautiful? Parkinson's will join me only a few years later in January 2009.
In these pictures I didn't know what was waiting for me. I no longer have the ability to relax as I am in constant involuntary motion. You can see the joy on my face. My eyes are bright and my skin is softer. I smile when I look at these. It was a wonderful time for Lee and I that I will always cherish. You can see our dreams coming true.
If you are reading this and you do not have PD, please take a minute, close your eyes, feel the stillness (because it is there waiting for you) and be grateful. You don't know how lucky you are. I would never have imagined that it would be taken away from me and how different my life would be today. Tomorrow I want you to bound out of bed. Smile with your eyes. Dance with abandon. Stand on your tip toes. Extend a steady hand to hold another. Reach for the stars in everything you do and be grateful for the peace still inside of you. Do it then smile and think of me. If only one person did this I can say there is meaning in my journey. I hope you do and it brightens your day. (Go ahead..... stand on your tip toes. No one is looking.)
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