I am very much into positive self-motivation. It is so easy to become negative when you have this disease––it is easy to be negative anytime––but in living with Parkinson’s you ge...
My philosophy on medication––and there is some physiology behind this––is that you should try to be on the lowest effective dose. I actually take no Parkinson’s medication. How do...
The idea of eventually changing careers does not bother me in the least because I’ve done it before and I know it’s entirely possible. Music is a wonderful thing, but there will s...
My diagnosis could have been worse. I have looked after patients with brain tumors or other terminal diseases where the life expectancy is six months or less––witnessing their las...
My maternal grandfather was an illiterate man who garnered the respect of everybody that he ever met. He was a very decent human being, and he taught me to do the right thing, to ...
The first thing I see in the mornings is the mountains, and as the year goes on and it gets colder it is exhilarating to see the snow accumulate on them. I eat my lunch by the Fra...
You need to see the humor in life. The first time I actually laughed about Parkinson’s was on a Christmas morning a few years ago when I opened a small package lovingly bought ...
You can’t sit in a recliner and feel sorry for yourself. You have to get out of the chair and live life. Do something about it. You have to keep trying.   Cherie Zaun was a p...
We should communicate to friends and family that, while we want to maintain our independence as much as possible, we might need their help a little more than we did in the past...
I sing all the time, especially in the car. I like to sing a lot of songs from American musicals and also songs that I learned during my many years as a Girl Scout volunteer. You ...
I look at it this way. I have a disease that is very hard to explain. If I were to tell people how I actually feel, people might be very depressed. At this moment, every inch of...
If your meds are working OK then you have an opportunity to live your life for the next ten minutes or for the next five years. I think it is important to find something in life...
It’s important to have a sunny outlook. I have always been an optimist about life in general. And I’ve been really fortunate to have had an exciting and enriching professional car...
I look at Parkinson’s as an obstacle to overcome, but Parkinson’s is not a tragedy. Events happen in life, and we attach the meaning to these events and put our own stamp on thing...
I often ask myself, “Do you have Parkinson’s disease or does it have you?” There are aspects I cannot control, but there are also aspects that I can control. I used to be self-con...