Changing gears, although this DBS has been a major event in my life and sharing it with you have been a positive experience for me I no longer want to dwell on it as it is time to move forward. So I am changing gears and the blog will be from this point on a realistic look at life with PD and a voltage induced brain.
"After a long battle with Parkinson's..."
I am a Parkinson's news junkie, I receive Google updates on PD news every 15 minutes in my email box. Lately I have noticed a trend that I find disturbing. When I first became addicted it was because my appetite to learn everything I could about this un-chosen partner in my life was veracious. Then as Ann and I began to develop Focus on a Cure I felt compelled to stay informed on the latest clinical studies, breakthroughs and controversies to be a better resource for those who look to Focus on a Cure for support. The headlines used to read like salesman's handbook of power words; NEW, EXCITING, BREAKTHROUGH, PRIMARY END POINT REACHED, PERSON... WITH PARKINSON"S ACCOMPLISHES....
If you frequent certain circles in the PD community you still hear of these exciting moments and news you hear of is positive. Lately I have been discouraged by the Google alerts headlines I have been receiving most no start like this (insert a name here) After a long battle with Parkinson's...
First let me say I have the deepest sympathy and respect for those that have fought the good fight against PD or any other disease and have left this world still fighting and it is because of these people who after a long battle with Parkinson's have lost the fight and gone to rest that we must continue to be vigilant in our efforts to do everything we can so this battle can be won!
10 years ago many headlines read " After a long battle with Breast Cancer..." and that fight was vigorously fought and today though they may have not won the war but they sure have won some major battles. There are more women and men today who start their stories or headlines with "I am a ___Year cancer survivor" What a wonderful word SURVIVOR.
Survivor is defined as:
- a person who continues to function or prosper in spite of opposition,hardship, or setbacks
- one who lives through affliction
- one who outlives another
- an animal that survives in spite of adversity
Too many stories that discuss Parkinson's or people with Parkinson's whether they are accomplishing great things or they have been recognized for a good deed are refered to as "sufferers" I for one have always stood by my statement "I do NOT suffer from Parkinson's I live with it." Just recently there was a article in People magazine about Michael J. Fox and several times during the article the author used the statement "suffering from Parkinson's" now I have followed Michael's life with Parkinson's and have had the good fortune to meet him on several occasions and have a conversation with him about this. I can tell you first hand this is a man who does not suffer from Parkinson's he lives with it, he fights it, he challenges it he makes Parkinson's fight to stay in his life, but I can assure you he does not suffer from it. Michael J Fox is the most recognizable face of Parkinson's and a great example of how we should try to live as I described above of how he faces Parkinson's every day.
Suffer or Suffering is defined as:
- to tolerate or allow; to undergo a penalty, as of death;
- to sustain injury, disadvantage, or loss;
- To appear at a disadvantage;
- an unfortunate person who suffers from some adverse circumstance
So now go back a re-read the definition of Survivor and look at how Sufferer is defined and every night you lay your head down BELIEVE you have not suffered but you have SURVIVED to fight another day!