Two Important Life Lessons I Learned From Parkinson’s Disease

24 November 2022

parkinson's disease facts | Parkinson's News Today | Banner image for "Shaking Things Up" by Mary Beth Skylis

When my dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2013, I didn’t expect the disease to transform my worldview. But it did.

Learning about the disease instilled a sense of fear and sadness in me. At first, I saw only the horror that Parkinson’s creates. How could a disease consume people this way?

But as I kept learning and discovered there were ways Dad could manage it, I realized Parkinson’s can provide insight into the human experience. The disease comprises both yin and yang. It has the ability to rob us of the people we love most, but it also shows us what’s most important in life.

Following are two of the greatest lessons Parkinson’s has taught me over the years.

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