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by Jim Hayes

I had DBS surgery in December 2006 after having been diagnosed with Parkinson's since 2000. I was amazed by the way my tremor came under control. Since then I have been playing golf again. Lately, my right hand shakes a little as I grip the putter. So I have to hold the putter left handed until I make the stoke. That is when I put my right hand on the shaft and putt. Last time out I shot an 83.

I have found that exercise like playing golf has helped me with my depression, tremors, and having that feeling that I am whole again. I have even joined a softball league for seniors. I saw the Parkinson's Foundation video from Houston last spring where it was noted that exercise was good for Parkinson's patients. I also noted that a variety of exercise is even better. I have picked up walking with my wife in the evenings and that has helped me cope with PD.

My wife has been an encourager to me. Whenever I start feeling sorry for myself, she is right there to bring me out of it. She even went so far as to encourage me to volunteer at the hospitals in town. She noted that however I felt, I could encourage others who have a debilitating illness. So, I am going to do it. I have a friend who is already volunteering at the hospital, and I am going to ask how to get involved. I think that my background as a Hospital Pharmaceutical Representative just might come in handy.

By the way, did I mention that my wife and I took a trip to Alaska 6 months after surgery? It was a wonderful trip filled with lots to do. Maybe you can take a trip too. It could be all the way from a tour of another country, to a ride across part of America, or even just a ride around town. There are always new things to see and do.

I added a picture of myself touring Alaska.

Jim Hayes, 59 Years, Lubbock, Texas

Diagnosed with PD since 2000.

Posted by James Hayes on August 17, 2009

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