By Esther Bender

ISBN-10: 0836191005

ISBN-13: 9780836191004

In a special selection of brief writings, meditations, poetry, own images, and machine photographs, the writer stocks with readers the best way she copes with the disabilities concerned with Parkinson's disorder. She recommends writing mishmash in order to care for any emotion-laden taking place in lifestyles. She stocks together with her readers the discouragements and highlights of a lifestyles with Parkinson's sickness and claims that existence continually has that means. photographs of pottery by means of Lynn Lais support to hold the metaphor of the grasp Potter shaping the clay--human beings.

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I'm only thirty-five! Well, shaking's in the family. Your great-aunt Emma had Parkinson's. She shook all the time. Great-aunt Emma in a wheelchair, trembling. Parkinson's disease! A name for it, at last! I sought medical advice: Doctor, sometimes my hands shake and I feel trembly inside. I don't see any trembling. Everyone shakes. See, I can make my body shake. The doctor stiffened his body until he shook. Then he said, It's nothing. It s probably nothing, I repeated to myself. Probably nothing.

Dopamine is one of many chemicals, all called neurotransmitters, which control body action. When brain cells are unable to produce adequate amounts of dopamine, store it, and release it, the impaired movements of Parkinson's are seen. Most people with this disease become aware of it at a specific time and place. Yet it has likely been developing for years before it is noticed. Parkinson's is a progressive disease. It begins insidiously and worsens with time, although the rate of progression varies from person to person.

Did you make him that way, Lord, giving him a thirst for alcohol that threatens to consume his body? He's disabled, as clearly as I am with Parkinson's. I came home and argued with my husband about who said what and whose face looked how. My mind was full of Johnny. I don't spend each Thursday night dealing with my attitudes just to keep on living. Johnny does. Maybe I should, too. Johnny's story mixed up in my head with a statistic from TV. Eighty percent of the mates of cancer patients leave their marriages.

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