The Pity Party

Well the Pity Party was well underway. 
Anybody who would listen I would tell about my “ death sentence “ 
Mostly bartenders and close friends were my targets  as my drinking started to increase my behaviors became more and more bizarre 
Few gems For you for my parky pals
-  since i wasn’t going to live much
  Longer no reason not to over tip substantially any cute female bartender or waitress ( eg $40 tip on
a $20 tab )  or buy all the drinks for all of my friends all of the time. ( big shooter Dan)  But my most proudest moment is when I started to conduct
Interviews with friends and strangers to replace me upon my death as I started to line up dates for my wife
So i could have her “replacement “ in place by the time of my demise (i
Referred to this as taking care
Of my wife).  
So if think it cant get any worse than this just wait till installment #4 coming soon.  It gets even better!  

Dan's journey with PD

Well, here I was just 46 years old with 4 kids ages 22,19,17 and 16  and a wife of 
11 years who I had to tell that I had Parkinson’s.

The only two people I new that had PD were Michael J Fox and Muhammad Ali and they were both messed up with tremors and involuntary Body movements—-I didn’t want to go through that —I thought why me God? Why me ?  Little did I know that I was just about to embark on one of the most destructive and bizarre behaviors that I ever had exhibited when the “pity party” was in full gear ....

I remember going into a deep depression right away. But I was trying to hide it and act like it was no big deal. So I went on a series of events that reflected the “new me” which was to live life to the fullest without any caution nor any concerns about anybody but me !   The life of the party !  More next time   Not a proud time for me !  

Dan's road with Parkinson's Disease

Subject: parables from a parky 

Well, I decided after encouragement from friends and Veronica ( will refer to her as V from this point forward, also known as my lovely bride of almost 30 years) I decided to give it a try. My first blog! 

So here goes! First of all, as my good friend and PT knows , Angee , that I am all about humor so hopefully you will all see that laughter is the best medicine .

So lets go back to June 2000 when my life was about to make a drastic turn.

I was being treated for psoriatic arthritis by my rheumatologist ( misdiagnosed for 5 years ) until I was referred to a movement disorder Specialist, Dr  Peter Lewitt .

So…. on that fateful day in June 2000 at the age of 46 , in my prime ( even tho V claims I never had a prime LOL )

I was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson's disease!! It was definitely time for humor ! 

Next Week Pity Party for this Parky 

RSB Grand Blanc continues to grow!

We have added new members and had the pleasure of having some of the PT students from U of M join us for a workout. They helped with some assessments and joined us for a workout!

Rock Steady Boxing

Rock Steady Boxing for Parkinson's Disease has become a very popular exercise program in the past few years. This is a non contact boxing program that can be helpful for anyone who has PD. There is an assumption among some that one has to be athletic and in relatively good shape to join RSB. However, it is a program that can benefit all! The classes are divided into different levels of ability and adjusted to your fitness level. The class is FUN, ENERGIZING, AND MOTIVATING!

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