Diagnosed at 44
I've found that every day is a new day of discovery when you are a person with Parkinson's. The little "curve balls" of life that you once easily sent over the wall with the "bat" of education and experience seem to come at you with increased velocity and more curves as they approach. Our "bat" seems like a broomstick in our hands, whittled down by the effects of Parkinson's on our minds.
We need to remember (writer included) that a swing and a miss doesn't put us out of the game. It means we adjust our stance, focus harder on life and swing for the wall again. A "strikeout" means another chance at bat; not failure.
As people with Parkinson's, our "glory days" may end sooner than other players in the game of life. We will miss the roar of the crowds and the accolades from hitting one over the fence. But our experience and education in life can now be used to coach and teach others about life with a unique (dis)ability to see life from a different perspective.
They say when you can't do something anymore teach it, and when you can't teach, consult about it. So lay down your bat if you find it is time, but don't retreat into the dugout and just sit on the bench. Don't wait until the game is in the last inning to coach and consult other players on how to play a better game or address an upcoming inning.
Share your life with others and re-live your "glory days." Your story can help others and you might learn something new yourself.
Dan Parkinsonian, 12 years