Life has an uncanny way of throwing curveballs when we least expect it. It was just last week when my family and I received the news we had been dreading – my mom has been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. The emotions that swirled within me were overwhelming, and I know I'll continue to grapple with them as we embark on this new journey together.
One emotion that hit me like a tidal wave was anger. How could life be so cruel to someone who had already conquered cancer eight years ago? I found myself wondering when this amazing woman, my mom, would finally catch a break. But amidst the anger and despair, I began to see a gift that Parkinson's had to offer – a newfound vigor and a sense of urgency to live life to the fullest while she still had the quality of life to enjoy it.
It's a stark reminder that life is precious, and these moments force us to appreciate what we have in the present because, in reality, it's enough to make life truly great if we allow it to be. Instead of dwelling on the diagnosis, we decided to seize the moment. We spent the entire week after that final appointment creating adventures together.
We ate apples as we picked them from the trees and bumped along in a hayride. We discovered masterpieces (and not-so-masterful pieces) at the art gallery. We woke up together, shared meals together, laughed together, and held a space for each other during those moments when fear and sadness threatened to overwhelm us. Those important medical appointments became the focal point of my schedule, a reminder of what truly matters – having my mom in my life for the best parts, the saddest parts, and all the memorable parts in between.
It's difficult to fathom what my mom is going through, as her experience must be even deeper and more complex than the despair, fear, and heartache I'm feeling. However, I choose to view this situation as a sideswiped gift – an unexpected opportunity to cherish every moment we have together.
We will make the most of our lives because it's these memories that will sustain us during the inevitable challenges that lie ahead. My mom's resilience and determination, the same qualities that helped her conquer cancer, will now drive us forward as we navigate this new chapter together. Parkinson's may have entered our lives uninvited, but it won't define our story. Instead, we'll define it with love, laughter, and unwavering support for one another.
If you would like to hear more about the start of our journey and Parkinson's Disease, you can also listen to the Your Inner Vitality podcast episode: From Cancer Survivor to Parkinson's Warrior: My Mom's Inspiring Story .
(The podcast is available on all major podcast hosting platforms)
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