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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.

Being Thankful

Terri Reinhart

‘Tis Thanksgiving again and it’s time to be thankful for things like turkeys and cherry pies and all the lovely people in our lives.  There are so many things to be thankful for, I hardly know where to begin.

First of all, I am thankful I don’t deliver newspapers.  The newspaper with all the ads for Black Friday had to be hoisted onto a dolly before I could wheel it into the house.  I am also grateful I am not in retail sales.  Imagine trying to recover from the holiday and be polite to customers at the same time.

I’m thankful that I am not teaching anymore, as much as I miss it most of the time.  This is the time of year for parent/teacher conferences. 

I’m grateful that my husband and kids slept in and I got a couple of hours to myself this morning.

I’m thankful that lima beans are not a part of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

I’m thankful for long walks with Chris, mornings with Mattheus, and Saturday night dinners with the whole family. 

I’m grateful for scrabble games, youtube videos, crazy art projects, and my studio.  I’m grateful that Chris puts up with my crazy art projects.  I know he’s thankful I have a studio where I can put most of them.  I’m also grateful for the modern medicine that makes it possible for me to do my artsy stuff.

I’m grateful for long talks with John and Coco, thrift store shopping excursions with Emma and Patrick, and quiet moments, sitting on the tailgate of the pickup and chatting with Chris.

I’m thankful for the alarm on my cell phone, which alerts me to take my medicine on time, and is the signal for Chris and me to spend a moment dancing together.  The alarm plays music.

I’m grateful for our school community, which has been our second home for more than twenty years.  I'm also grateful for email and Facebook, which have made it easier for me to connect and reconnect with family and friends.

I’m thankful for our garden and all the animals and birds, even Napoleon, who doesn’t crow too early in the morning. 

I’m grateful for my friends, too many to list!  I could say much more.  I’ll leave it that I am so, so lucky to have such wonderful, beautiful friends.

I’m also so, so lucky to have John, Coco, Teo, Patrick, and Emma.  I’m a happy mom and grandmom. 

Last, but by all means, not least, I am so grateful for Chris.  Again, I could say much more.  You, dear Chris, are my anchor, my partner, and my favorite person in the whole wide world.  I’d do almost anything for you.

I’d even serve lima beans for dinner.