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Pat Hull--living with Parkinson's disease

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 can’t be unhappy when you are singing, can you?

I think it is very important to educate yourself about your medications. Don’t be afraid to say “No” or even to switch doctors if you are uncomfortable with a new treatment or medication that is being prescribed by your doctor or neurologist. It is your body––not theirs.

Worry is a waste of time and energy. You just have to look to the future and deal with it. When something happens to you that isn’t pleasant, you can choose to continue on, stand up and do things and have a good time, or you can quit and wilt. It is definitely your choice. It’s what we choose to do with our time here that’s important. We can waste our energy with self-pity, addictions, fear, and other such negative activities. Alternatively, we can use our energy to love, help out in the community and endeavor to do things that make ourselves and our neighbors better off.

Life is an adventure. It may not be the adventure you dreamed of, but it’s still an adventure and there are many interesting things to do. Our life paths will have ups and downs, mountains that must be climbed, abysses to avoid, bright times and darkness. Sometimes we will doubt ourselves and others. Occasionally, we will lose our way completely and have to find it again. But all of these difficulties will be easier if we choose to maintain a cheerful and willing attitude.