To my absolute delight I discovered at the weekend that I had made it on to the Top 40 list of the best blogs to read for Parkinsons’ Awareness Week compiled by nursing.net, a US website. I discovered entirely by accident, having clicked through a link posted by Wobbly William who had made it to number 2 on the list. I scrolled through the list as I wanted to see if I knew any of the blogs or if there were ones that might be of interest to me, when to my absolute surprise and delight I saw myself on the list. Wow what a buzz!! I was floating on air the entire weekend after reading it.
Now that I have come back down to earth (well almost anyway), it has given me a real spur to think about what I am trying to achieve from this. I have such a passion for the benefits that exercise, nutrition and complimentary therapies can bring to those of us with Parkinsons’. I also want to get the word out there that we have to take charge of our own illnesses and not rely on the medical profession to tell us what we should be doing and when. Of course medicine plays a huge part in my well being but I can do so much more to support myself in addition to it.
So, where to from here? The Limerick half marathon was an important milestone in proving to myself that the full marathon in October is a realistic goal. Now I need to get some structure around awareness building and fundraising to ensure we get the most benefit from taking part. So our fundraising plans are taking shape and we are coming up with a proposal for how we can use the money raised to help those with Parkinson’s in a very practical way. I really want to focus on empowering those of us with Parkinson’s through increasing our knowledge of this illness and ways that we can improve our quality of life.
Watch this space for more information over the coming weeks and months, I’m really looking forward to sharing this journey with you. Let me know if you have any suggestions for fundraising or ways that you think we could use funding.