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Saturday, December 31, 2011

What a difference a year makes!

Jeremy and me in Sept 2010
2010 was not a good year for me, I felt awful for most of the year. I don't know if it was the Parkinson's Disease or not.  2011 didn't start out well, either.  My best friend Jeremy, whom I had known for 30 years, died on Jan 12th.  I felt lost.  My Wonderful Husband did his best, but even he couldn't fix this.  

March came and things changed for the better.  I had written a song parody a few years earlier about the "snowbirds" leaving to go home for the summer and I decided to make a music video of the song and put it on YouTube.  Next thing I know, the local NBC station (KYMA) contacts me and wants me to come on their morning show to talk about my funny song.




I then saw an editorial in my local paper (Yuma Sun) about a Parkinson's Disease seminar.  I didn't know much about Parkinson's then, except that I had it.  It sounded informative, so I went to the seminar and learned more about Parkinson's Disease in 2 days than I had learned by having the disease for 11 years.  A speaker said "IF you are wide awake at 3 am and need someone to talk to, find a Parkinson's Chat Room, there will be other wide awake Parkies to chat with". I found a local Parkinson's support group as well.  

Within days, I was chatting with new friends from around the globe and they were laughing at my Parkinson's stories.  One of them, Karyn from Australia, suggested I start a Parkinson's humor blog, so I did.  I wrote my first story on July 17th and this is  number 50.  Who'd of thought I had that much to say?  And I never, ever, expected so many people to read it.  It amazes me everyday! 

Now here it is, the end of 2011 and I have 75 new Parkie Facebook best friends, a couple dozen new Parkie chat room best friends, a couple more dozen local Parkie best friends and over 100 Twitter Parkie best friends and I still have my Wonderful Husband. 

I wonder what new adventures will come my way in 2012?  Maybe Cat and I will actually get to meet Mr. Fox.  

I wish all of you a very Happy Parkie New Year!

PS Want to hear the whole song? It's called Another One Leaves the Park.




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Thank you for reading this story, I hope you enjoyed it. This is just one of a hundred stories in my book, Parkinson's Humor - Funny Stories about My Life with Parkinson's Disease. Please consider purchasing a copy from Amazon.com or your favorite online book seller. Thank you and have a Happy Parkie Day!

15 comments:

  1. Happy New Year, Bev. Glad to have you as a friend this year. I don't have PD but enjoy reading your blogs. You have a great sense of humor and wonderful way of looking at life.

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  2. Happy New Year Bev! I look forward to tweeting and parallel parking with you in 2012!
    The Parkinson Princess

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  3. Happy Parkie New Year! Love that! David

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  4. We feel lucky to have made friends with you :-)
    NPF National Parkinson Foundation via Twitter

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  5. What a difference a year can make! I'm so glad to have found you on Twitter--you are truly inspiring! Look forward to meeting in person one of these days :)

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  6. This is a great post, Bev, as usual. Love to you, Linny (Not a Parkie, but a Parkinson's Disease fighter anyway!)

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  7. Thank you, Bev!
    @MichaelJFoxOrg via twitter

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  8. Your perseverance is truly admirable and your sense of humor through it all is funny and upbeat...keep up the great work!!
    Gail

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  9. Thank you for making a difference to our lives Bev!
    Andrew

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  10. Thank you so much for your funny stories , they have allowed me to accept the changes ....I enjoy reading them.
    Carol from Australia

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  11. Wow, amazing journey. Thanks for sharing this story and so glad to play a part.
    PDF (Parkinson Disease Foundation) via Twitter

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  12. Thank you for always sharing your story with us! I hope people are checking out your blog.
    Barrow Foundation via Twitter

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  13. Ye Bev , it has been a good year and many more to come ...keep singing your songs YOU keep this parky laughing!
    Jill

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  14. Bev, this was quite awhile ago. You sure have given us laughter and humor and love with everything you write. You are a treasure to keep ♥
    Shirley

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  15. I like to use humor as well in dealing with PD.

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