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Monday, July 2, 2012

Parkinson's Disease: Mind over matter, gray matter

People are always surprised when I answer Black & White as my favorite color, not blue or pink or yellow. I like the definitive contrast, it's like yes or no, right or wrong, good or bad, night or day, hot or cold, yin or yang, humor or sadness. 

Some of my Black & White shirts
I have more Black & White shirts in my closet than any other color (zebra print, polka dots, stripes, floral, checks, you name it, I probably have it). In pants, jeans in various shades of blue dominate, but only because they match so well with the Black & White shirts, however, I'm always on the lookout for zebra print jeans like Rod Stewart or Madonna might wear. 

Black & White dishes
I have Black & White print dishes, Black & White accents on trash cans, file boxes, pen holders, the paper shredder and the background for this blog. 

I even have a Black & White bedroom and it's one of a kind, because I made the quilt and curtains myself.  

Black & White bedroom
Black & White bedroom

Parkinson's Disease ribbon
And then I got Parkinson's disease and there is nothing Black & White about it. It's all gray. It's a disease of our brains or gray matter. No two people have the same exact symptoms or react the same way to medications, even the ribbon for Parkinson's disease is gray. 

I guess it's fitting, because everyone knows that if you mix Black & White together, you get gray, but I wish at least one thing about Parkinson's disease could be Black & White.

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 or your favorite online book seller. Thank you and have a Happy Parkie Day!


  1. I like your take on "black and white" and why gray somehow fits Parkinson's disease. I personally hate the colour gray - it's lifeless, cold and miserable - hey you know what - I guess it is the perfect colour for Parkinson's!

  2. Yay-a fellow quilter! PD is indeed a disease if various shades, nothing is precise. But then we are all different too and we can choose our mindset. Yours is amazing. Keep going, it'll be worth it :) love the quilt btw

  3. i want more black and white clothing! :) love your style! thanks for sharing your humor with the world and encouraging your parkie friends!

  4. Good one Bev. Funny, I never thought about it, but I don't wear black or white shirts. I like black pants tho. I have several gray t-shirts that I wear. Any witty ideas why? I don't. Because my life is as boring as the color gray. I think I should go buy a black and white shirt and start a new life :)

  5. Bev, I think you expressed yourself beautiful and not only that, left a lot of room for thought. Thank you for this. It is powerful.

  6. I have had parkinson's for about 18 years. Cold weather does not like my parkinsn's. I know what you are going thur. Az. here I come.