Your Voice – from our Parkinson’s Community

Your Voice is a forum for letters or articles submitted to the Parkinson Center by people in the Parkinson’s community. When we are passed on informative articles or experiences, we will post it here. Please add your thoughts and comments!


  • First Day of Meeting My Teacher

    David Schimmell
    Feet to the Fire Writers’ Workshop – Evansville
    March 17, 2019


    Before I tell you about my first day of school, I’d like to tell you about the first day I met my teacher. Having a week or so before school would begin, the first graders “to be” were getting registered in the school cafeteria of Christ the King Parochial School. Once that was taken care of, Mom and I walked up ... Read more...

  • Cats and Dogs

    William R. Penland
    Feet to the Fire Writers’ Workshop – Evansville
    April 14, 2019

    As a child growing up in southern Ohio I lived in an area of farms and fields. The town of Lucasville, Ohio, is in the valley of the Scioto River about 10 miles north of its confluence with the Ohio. We hadn’t lived in our new house for too long before my father decided to get us a dog. I ... Read more...

  • The Red Box

    Barbara Hinton
    Feet to the Fire Writers’ Workshop – Evansville
    April 11, 2019

    David was going to be away from home for several hours, giving me the opportunity I needed to explore the BIG storage room, completely unsupervised!  For days, my curiosity had run rampant trying to guess what I would have stored in such an inconvenient spot. The intriguing red box was only recently revealed when David moved a larger container that had hidden ... Read more...

  • Teddy


    Teddy was a small brown toy bear. He belonged to a little girl called Noodles. Well,  that is what her dad called her. She never was sure why he chose that name, but she liked it, and she felt special when he did. Teddy had soft brown fur, except for the ends of his paws, which were almost white. He had pleasant gold eyes, which he never shut, a black nose, and a ... Read more...

  • Curt and Bok-Soon Continued Chapter 2

    Our Story
    Curt and Bok-Soon Continued

    Chapter 2

    About seven (7) years ago, during our daily walk, I noticed that occasionally my left foot would scuff the pavement. This occurred more predominantly when I became a little tired. During a scheduled visit to our family doctor, I mentioned this to him, and he suggested that I have a brain MRI just to ... Read more...

  • Midnight Musings – Chapter 3 I Gotta Get it out

    by Steve Walsh

    Now that I have given in to the urge to write, I feel like I need to do something with it. As I mentioned in my last essay – I Feel the Need. The Need to Write? – my first inclination is to figure out why I am feeling that I need to share my writings. So I put Cat Stevens’ Greatest Hits on the turntable, grabbed my notebook and started ... Read more...

  • Midnight Musings Chapter 2. I Feel the Need. The Need to Write?

    by Steve Walsh

    At different times in my life I have been encouraged to keep a journal. I started a few times but never really got into it. My entries always seemed to gravitate towards being factual accounts of the days events. After awhile I would lose interest and that would be the end of that.

    With ...

  • Midnight Musings – Chapter 1 Beer Goggles

    by Steve Walsh

    A few years ago there was a country song called “Billy’s got his Beer Goggles On”. The premise was that after Billy had a few beers the world began to look differently to him. The girls got prettier and  were even nice to him. Suddenly he was a great dancer and an even better singer. Of course after he got home and slept it off ... Read more...

  • Midnight Musings

    by Steve Walsh

    As with many Parkinson’s patients there have been times when I wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to get back to sleep. During these periods of interrupted sleep I often find myself thinking of topics that pop into my head. Often times I get so absorbed in the topic that it makes it even more difficult to get to sleep.

    I’ve talked to several PD friends ...

  • My PD Story – Chapter 6 A Fighter’s Prayer

    Steve Walsh (originally posted on GiveGab 11/11/2018)

    Like many PD patients I frequently have trouble sleeping. I usually don’t have trouble falling to sleep but I often wake up in the wee hours and am unable to get back to sleep. It was during an extended sleepless period last night that the following prayer came to me – not all at once but gradually throughout the night. When I ... Read more...

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