First: What is Parkinson's?
Parkinson’s Disease is a neurodegenerative disease. Neuro – from the Greek neuro (or Latin “nervus”) meaning the brain and the nervous system. Degenerative … as in headin’ south. Like Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Creutzfeldt-Jakob syndrome and, sadly, a bunch more, Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is neither curable nor reversible. It is chronic and will grow more troublesome as I age. PD will follow me Into that Good Night.
However, I remain hopeful that it will not hasten my shuffle off this mortal coil nor impede the years I have left because of the work a multitude of gifted researchers toiling in the field. Yes, there are setbacks, disappointments, dead ends … and oodles of commensurately broken dreams and dead lab animals… but there is always something learned, which means that there is always hope.
So, Dear Reader, on this page — which will be updated regularly thanks to my Googling ways (I did spend a few years making documentaries after all) — you’ll find some of the latest news about clinical trials, trial balloons and advances in PD research. While I firmly believe that all knowledge is power, any sentient being who is even moderately abreast of current events is depressed enough regardless of their health. So, the only news you’ll find here is that of the promising variety. I’ll wait for the knowledge gleaned by wrong turns in research to yield something positive before sharing it here.
Read on, Dear Reader, read on. If this be the food of hope, read on. And join me and my fellow twitchers in our shaky, but promising and chipper, walk through life. Click here to read my Parkie Posts.