Wednesday, April 15, 2009
It's all in the attitude. We need to accept that we have PD and that we must do all that we can to strengthen ourselves and live as normal life as possible. We may not be able to do things as fast as we used to, or get everything done that we want to, or feel as well as we used to, or work like we would like to, but we should strive everyday to do the very best that we can to take care of ourselves and our responsibilities so that we can receive the strength that we need from family, friends, medical personnel, and most importantly from our Heavenly Father who knows us, and sees us, and knows what we are experiencing. I find great faith in know that I can draw upon the power of prayer, and apply the principle of faith, to help me carry on.
At the age of 46, just last year 2008, I was diagnosed with PD. I am happily married to a wonderful wife, a father of 5 children, and a recent grandfather. I have a great career, I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I serve in the church, and I have a great circle of friends in my work and church community and other connections. I value friendships and have maintained connections with important and valuable friends throughout the years. I enjoy my family the most and treasure them so much. I could not do it without my wife. She is a beautiful person who I am so grateful for. I enjoy seeing my children grow and make positive progress. I have one married daughter who just gave birth to our first grandson. She has a wonderful husband who I consider my own. I have a son serving a full time mission for our church, and I have three daughters at home. All of them are wonderful and remarkable children that I am so very proud of. I enjoy gardening, working in the yard, cake decorating, and recently purchased six baby chickens to raise. Growing up on a farm has never left me.