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A Full Life

A Full Life

Bill Hart
Los Altos, CA

I was stunned when my suspicions about having Parkinson’s were confirmed by a Neurologist about 12 or 13 years ago.  I felt it was a death notice.  And while it ultimately may be that, I have had a full life since and look forward to continuing indefinitely.

I am fortunate to have a very slow progressing case.  My hands tremor somewhat, my walking pace has shortened and stiffened a bit and my writing has become a bit crimped.  But, hey, nothing I can’t live with.  I am now 80 years old and they don’t appreciably adversely affect the quality of my life. I take ropinirole and carbidopa-levo to minimize these minimal impairments.

I now walk a treadmill five days a week for 30 minutes a day (Sat & Sun I become a sloth), garden, read, fiddle with investments, am an active participant in Alcoholics Anonymous and have been a Court Appointed Special Advocate for four years for a foster boy.  He is now 16 and has some troubles, but we’ve developed a close relationship, spend time together every week and are good friends.  I find the AA and CASA involvement to be very fulfilling.  I also visit and spend time with a relative and a family friend, 95 and 101, respectively, at least once a month. 

When times get a bit stressful I recite the Serenity Prayer:
God grant me
The serenity to accept that which I cannot change
Courage to change that which I can
And wisdom to know the difference

I feel blessed that my disease is slowly progressing.

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