Date: Dec 10, 2014
Stories from Mindy, a daughter impacted by her father's disease, and Greg, an individual living with Parkinson's, on how they are utilizing life with Parkinson's as an occasion to rise to.
I'll never forget the day I found out my dad was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. I couldn't believe it when my mom told us. It was almost an out of body experience; and I'm still amazed by how quickly it changed my perspective on things.
I first thought about his relationship with my children. Would he be around to watch them graduate? Will he feel healthy enough to coach their soccer teams? I then switched my thoughts to my mom and prayed for the strength to be her support system, even before she needs it.
When the doctor first utters the words hospice or palliative care, many people freeze. No one wants to hear those words used in reference to their loved one. It’s scary and often families have no idea what this means. Instead of feeling relieved and empowered, families often feel anxious. Many people don’t actually know what palliative care is and how it can help a loved one achieve a better quality of life.