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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.

You can find all my videos on my YouTube channel:
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 or your favorite online book seller. Thank you and have a Happy Parkie Day!


  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.

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

  3. Happy Parkie New Year! Love that! David

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

  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 :)

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

  7. Thank you, Bev!
    @MichaelJFoxOrg via twitter

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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 ♥

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