Welcome to a new year. Time for a fresh start, to etch out some life on the blank slate before us. A time of new beginnings, deeper relationships, promising hopes and dreams. (Insert your favourite new year’s cliche here).
Still, this morning I find myself in somewhat of a reflective moment – reflecting on the year gone past. Given the relative void of posts from me last year, the opportunity to play a little catch-up is one I can’t ignore.
In my last post, I’m sorry, I shared some of the challenges i was facing of late. One that was particularly significant was this:
It seems to me that living with Parkinson’s presents some real conundrums. As my health declines, I find it increasingly harder to get the energy to go out and be active yet I am brutally aware of how important it is to be active. As my fitness level deteriorates, I feel less and less physically strong yet I know how key exercise is to slowing the progression of the disease.
I can’t say that this struggle is over. More than once, I’ve felt defeated by PD. Especially in this past year. I’ve felt myself dangerously perched on a precipice – worried about succumbing to one or another of my health challenges .
Yet, I have made some definite forays into more positive space.
In May, as our last of 3 children prepared to leave home for university, and in anticipation of an “empty nest”, we shed the burdens of our 1950’s bungalow (read high maintenance house) and moved into a newer condominium townhouse in a more pedestrian-friendly town about an hour away. We really miss the neighbours and the community but the increased walking and the perpetually parked car have been a boon for me!
In October, I started Rock Steady Boxing 3 times a week and find it to be a great workout, a cognitively challenging activity and a much-needed social support. I’m still trying to get my regular water-wings back into Aqua Therapy!
Throughout the fall, I’ve been able to reconnect with a few old friends from this area and to meet some new ones.
Finally, in December, all of our children arrived for Christmas and, for the better part of a week, we managed to live together in the tighter quarters of our new home without killing one another. Now that’s living on the edge! That’s living dangerously!
Happy New Year all!