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By Patricia Sherrick

My Parkinsonís story begins in a meat department of all places...I was working there at the time and noticed a tremor of the right big toe. Thinking it was a pinched nerve, I went to a chiropractor, who after talking with me and trying to ease the tremor and general achiness I felt at the time, came back into the room and said, "I think you have Parkinson's.Ē

This was in the summer of 1996. I continued to work for a long time, but then decided to pursue my nurse aide degree. I gladly left the cold meat-packing environment. I didn't really notice much change in my Parkinsonís until I had it for a few years, since the medications were working pretty well in keeping any signs of the PD under control.

Eventually I went to work in a home health aide service. Loving to sing, I had a captive audience as I would sing to my patients while assisting them in their home. To this day, I have people stopping me and saying "You were there in Mom's/Dad's home to help them and yes, you did sing to them.Ē You see, singing is such an important part of my life. I have finished a song/story CD of things revolving around my children and grandchildren and currently have a completed manuscript at the publisher's, which contains stories of my family.

I had deep brain stimulation done on both sides of my brain in April and May of 2009. It did get rid of most of the tremor I have had, except that when I get up to sing (I sing in a golden oldies group with all the golden oldies songs being sung), I do notice a tremor in my feet, which comes from just the stress of being in front of an audience. At 66 years old, I am the youngest there and I love to entertain the folks at the nursing homes and bring some happiness into their lives.

But, through it all, I consider myself fortunate, for things could be much worse. Right now, I am working on quilts and Christmas wreaths for my family for Christmas. I have written songs (on my CD) and am also currently a member of the Sisters in Song, Sweet Adeline's barbershop chorus in the Lima area. Whenever I feel a bit down, I start singing to my Lord. I have a wonderful supportive husband and family. Prayer is a great factor in my life, for I am assured God will not let us go through more than we can bear.

I am learning more and more about Parkinson's and continue to surf the web to help others with PD. I have a great doctor - a movement disorder specialist - and I credit much of my progress to him...

Posted by patricia sherrick on October 29, 2009


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