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My Parkinson's Journey

In which Terri shares a humorous look at her journey with Parkinson's disease and Dystonia:

For me, illness and health are not opposites but exist together. Everyone has something that is challenging to them. Mine just simply has a recognizable name. My life will take a different path because of this but that's okay. Everyone has changes in their lives that create their path.  I'm learning how to enjoy whatever path I'm on.

Training – Day Four

Terri Reinhart

Dear Daniel,

I’ve learned a lot this week as I’ve prepared to be your race pacer for tomorrow’s marathon.  This is an important task that I’ve been asked to do.  I didn’t want to go into this lightly. 

Tomorrow I will be with you in spirit.  What does that mean?  How will I do that?  One of my favorite book series has always been the “Wrinkle in Time” series by Madeline L’Engle.  She writes about a special way of connecting with another person that transcends space and time.  It’s called kything.  The word “kything” comes from the Scottish word “kythe”, which means “to make visible”.  Madeline L’Engle uses this word to describe a spiritual connection with another person that is not dependent on words or sight or touch.  In some cases, a person almost becomes one with the other person, seeing what they see, feeling what they feel. 

Can this be done?  There are people who say it is possible.  There has even been a book written about this subject by Louis M. Savary and Patricia H. Berne, called Kything: The Art of Spiritual Presence.  It is considered a handbook on how to kythe.   I have had experiences that have come close to what is described as kything.  I have never been able to explain them nor would I want to.  All I can do is describe what happened at the time.  I do know what it is like, for a very short time, to experience what another person is experiencing.  Whether I have a particularly vivid imagination or whether this is a true spiritual connection, I cannot judge.  I do know that it’s incredibly powerful when it happens.

What will I do tomorrow?   For you, Daniel, I will connect to the broadcast of the race then I will try to be still and connect with you.  I don’t know what will happen.

I wish you strength and lightness of heart!  Tomorrow we’ll fly!

Terri