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How good boundaries make life with parkinson's easier

How Good Boundaries Make Life With Parkinson's Easier

How Good Boundaries Make Life With Parkinson's Easier

There is an old saying: “Good fences make good neighbors.” Having healthy boundaries in relationships is important for everyone, especially for people with a chronic condition like Parkinson's disease (PD). Setting and defending boundaries allows...
Posted 09/12/2019
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Tap Into the Power of Directness: Use "I"

Tap Into the Power of Directness: Use "I"

Living with Parkinson's disease can mean having limited energy, time, and bandwidth. You may find yourself needing to say "no" more often than you did before you developed Parkinson's. Do you have a tough time being direct with others about how...
Posted 08/16/2019
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Who's the One Person You Should Always Keep Your Promise To?

Who's the One Person You Should Always Keep Your Promise To?

Keeping promises to yourself is a way to focus on self-nurture. This could mean making a commitment to "you" time on a regular basis to tend to yourself. Keep a regular date with yourself to focus on whatever helps you feel calm and centered in...
Posted 07/16/2019
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Telling White Lies

Telling White Lies

Have you ever told a white lie to be kind, to protect the feelings of others, or maybe to simply avoid stigma? You're not alone.For some living with a chronic condition, telling a white lie can be a way to save one's strength. Sometimes it's...
Posted 06/26/2019
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Say "No" by Saying "Yes" to Something Else

Say "No" by Saying "Yes" to Something Else

Saying "no" with grace and honesty can be challenging. Sometimes our fear of ending a conversation awkwardly or letting a friend or relative down can nudge us into saying "yes" to things that are difficult for us. When managing a chronic...
Posted 06/05/2019
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We Are All in the Same Boat With Parkinson’s Disease

We Are All in the Same Boat With Parkinson’s Disease

MyParkinsonsTeam is quite a unique site in supporting those with Parkinson’s disease (PD). It has been a real joy for me to connect with so many people from around the world who suffer with this disease or care for someone who has it, and to be...
Posted 05/20/2019
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Putting Yourself First

Putting Yourself First

Have you ever put someone’s else’s needs ahead of your own? We all do it - we’re human, after all. There is a name for this generous tendency. Economists refer to this situation, when one person's well-being cannot be improved without making...
Posted 05/16/2019
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Accepting the Challenges of Constant Change

Accepting the Challenges of Constant Change

The day I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s was probably the biggest downer I have ever experienced. The neurologist sat across his desk, looked at me, and stated, “The bottom line is you’ve got Parkinson’s disease. It’s not a death sentence, but it...
Posted 05/12/2019
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Are You Afraid to Say No?

Are You Afraid to Say No?

Yes. No. I mean – maybe? Well, okay. Have you ever wanted to be able to say "no" without feeling guilty? Without feeling you're letting someone down? Many of us struggle with disappointing anyone with a 'no.' At the same time, those two letters,...
Posted 05/01/2019
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What Alan Alda's Parkinson's Diagnosis Does for the Rest of Us

What Alan Alda's Parkinson's Diagnosis Does for the Rest of Us

When Alan Alda, star of "M*A*S*H" and "The West Wing," revealed he had Parkinson's disease, he said he wanted to "reassure people" diagnosed with the movement disorder that it's still possible to do things. His words created a wave of empathy and...
Posted 04/19/2019
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