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!


  • Walker, Texas Ranger….the Start and End of My Acting Career By Dennis Whittington

    Walker, Texas Ranger….the Start and End of My Acting Career
    By Dennis Whittington

    When our family moved to Texas in 1997, I was a bit lost while my wife was busy working and the kids were in school. The Dallas Morning News had an article one day about the need for extras on Walker, Texas Ranger (you know, the one with Chuck Norris – the real Walker). You were told to bring a business ... Read more...

  • Tommy’s Accident

    Tommy’s Accident

    It was a typical late summer evening. There was still plenty of daylight and a group of us neighborhood kids were playing baseball at the Saint Matthews Baptist Church.

    The Baptist as we called it was the center of the universe for us. It was our baseball diamond, football field (no soccer in those days) and golf course.  The parking lot included four basketball goals – two with streetlights that allowed us to ... Read more...

  • The Photograph Chapter 2 Our 19 Ounce Miracle

    Photograph Chapter 2  – Our 19 Ounce Miracle

    After giving it some thought I decided to reveal my mystery photograph that I mentioned in the postscript of Chapter 1. This is the final week of our workshop and I didn’t think it would be fair to leave the group hanging. Here we go.

    I’ve tried many times to describe the emotions I feel when I look at these photos. When I first saw them ten ... Read more...

  • The Photograph Chapter 1 by Steve Walsh

    The Photograph

    Over fifty years. More than half a century. What began as a seemingly simple writing assignment had morphed into an introspective look at my life. So many memories. How could I pick just one? Baby pictures, school pictures, graduations, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, vacations, and on and on. Every time I thought I had reached a decision I would find another. I finally had to step away from looking at photos to clear ... Read more...

  • I’ve Got 5 Pockets by Steve Walsh

    I’ve got 5 Pockets by Steve Walsh

    When we received our assignment to write a letter to someone, my first thought was one of déjà vu. It seemed like I had completed the assignment before I received it. As I thought about it further that is exactly what happened. Here’s a little background.

    I collect old LPs. Most of the ones I have are from the 60’s and 70’s. The other ... Read more...

  • A Sunday on Cecil


    A Sunday on Cecil

    Disclaimer – This account is based solely on my memories. Given that these events occurred 50+ years ago and I’m a 67 year old man with Parkinson’s there may be some factual errors. Who am I kidding? I’m sure there are factual errors. I hope you enjoy my account regardless.

    This is a story of a simpler time. At least ... Read more...

  • My Life on the Great Lakes by Clinton Davis Gray

    Like some young adults I didn’t know where I wanted to be, I just knew I didn’t want to be where I was and that was in that old country town called Eddyville where I landed after I ran out of college money. Fortunately, for me, they taught principles there and as a maturing adult I continue to drift back toward those principles.
    I wanted to see the world and being a sailor ... Read more...

  • For My Children’s Children by Bob Schack

    I enjoy reminiscing about the past. Lately I’ve been browsing through binders and bins of old photos. I’m searching for a memory – an image of something significant and meaningful. Inspiration of a sort that will spark my creativity and ignite me with new-found enthusiasm! It seems I’m in a bit of a slump. We are living through very difficult times. At this moment in history, ... Read more...

  • Wherefores and Whys – a Tribute to Sonny Prentice by Steve Walsh

    I stopped in at the PSCKY office last week to see how Erika was doing with the move and to scavenge any supplies we might be able to use for our TKO boxing class. Ever the organizer Erika had already sorted everything into 3 categories – Keep, Sell and Toss/Recycle. In fact, the Recycler was busy hauling old documents, folders, mailers, etc. out to his ... Read more...

  • Life Before PD by Jim Isom

    My wife and I have had a very exciting and active life BP. We have continued with our lives pretty normally, until the Covid 19 Virus came on the scene. I have been an active Missionary with Youth With A Mission and it’s University of the Nations. I have been teaching on addictions and Family Systems through out much of the world. We have had the opportunity to teach and train students from ... Read more...

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