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The Importance of Trusting Yourself

Posted on August 16, 2018

Studies have shown that the more we take ownership of our condition, the more engaged we are in maintaining behaviors that help us live better. An important factor in having the confidence to take this ownership is self-trust.

"If something doesn't seem right, I trust my gut and look for answers." - Member of MyParkinsonsTeam

"When I was first diagnosed, I kept my mouth shut even if my doctor said something incorrect or wrong for my body. I'm learning to trust those feelings - my intuition - and speak up." - Member of MyParkinsonsTeam

Here are some conversations about trust on MyParkinsonsTeam:

"In the past, I've shrugged off the pain as something I really wasn't experiencing. All, I've ever wanted was to know that I wasn't just imaging pain. I walked out of the hospital today, knowing that the pain I've felt over the last couple of weeks was real. Now, I can move on. I might face another procedure, but I can deal with it, knowing I can trust my pain."

"My first PD doctor and I had a disagreement and I wasn't comfortable with him. That's when I learned that all neurologists are perhaps good in the treatment of one Disease but not necessarily with Parkinson. I would check credentials, get the doctor with best PD specialty (even if you have to get another). It's your life, your body and your trust in your doctor. Do what is best for you.

"Having good support is critical - it’s important to not just have support from family and friends, but to have a good sense of trust and rapport with your doctor and nurses. They’ll be an important part of your life post-diagnosis."

Was there a moment when you doubted yourself and later realized that your instinct was right? Or an instance when you were glad you trusted yourself? Share that moment in the comments below or directly on MyParkinsonsTeam.com

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