A-Way-Through

Caretaking for Parkinson’s is a life we courageously live; finding our way through to a life we love—is what we consciously choose to create.

Using What You Do Have

I also remember one day after Nana’s explanation of who I was, Baba lifted his hand up and gently cupped my cheek with his dry scratchy hand, and appeared to recognize me. There is never a more important time to count one’s blessings than after […]

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Losing Identity After Diagnosis

For me, I had been partners with Andy for thirty years when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. I was forty seven years old and extrinsically characterized as nice, unconventional, optimistic, spontaneous, and a little spaced out. Most of this was true. Any diagnosis of […]

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Who Cares About A Sick Person?

I believe that most people DO care about sick people but DO NOT have the ability and cultural support to put that care into practice. It sometimes felt like the rats were jumping off the sinking ship of Andy’s illness. It felt like a reality […]

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How Do You Define Yourself?

One’s essential nature is what we are born with and then conditions happen and in absorbing them we make meaning out of them. The meaning we make begins to define us. It is easier to see when a small child becomes sick. In defining ourselves […]

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Giving And Receiving

When Andy’s and my business of making and selling welded bronze jewelry took off, we wanted to share our good fortune and had read about the concept of tithing. We discovered that receiving was a way to be generous. When Andy’s and my business of […]

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Strategies For Living Without Enough Money

Exploring our mountain forest and sledding was free. I had learned to practice yoga when I was a teenager and I taught my family, which cost no money. 1) Without purchasing power we looked to what was free in the world. 2) We learned to […]

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Treasures

Living on our land and in our housetruck was essentially free because we’d paid for it as we built it, not using credit. It was free but it also wasn’t finished. Getting home, securing minimum wage jobs and having no money was hard. We had […]

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Money: Living Without Enough

We used our credit cards to get home to Taos, New Mexico. When our business was thriving, we’d bought undeveloped land in a mountain forest. Andy had built a house on the back of a flatbed 1960 Ford truck and we’d parked it on the […]

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Money: Be Generous With Oneself

Being loved by Andy showed me that money can be included as part of a generous person’s offerings. There were times that life required me to be sacrificial. I found that to be successful at being sacrificial, cheerfully giving something up for myself in order […]

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What We Learned: Brain Wave Optimization

When we embraced the biggest scope of treatments we set ourselves up for the biggest results. Have you ever had a muscle spasm? I’ve helped a lot of people work out painful muscle spasms by massaging them. It takes just the right touch. Too little […]

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