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!


  • My Lunch with Mr. Tiger

                                        Lunch with Mr. Tiger
    It was a cold February day in Batavia Ohio. Piles of snow ringed the parking lots outside the Ford transmission plant where I worked as a perishable tooling analyst. It could have been just another late winter’s day but ... Read more...

  • 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...

  • Gift from the Thief

    By Sharon Bowers

    After being in a place where I had everything in order, I became angry and depressed because the thief, Parki, stole my confident self. All I could think about was how bad this feels . . . on so many levels.

    Fast forward nearly two years. Wow! The lessons I have learned and soaked in feels like a bubble bath calming my whole being.  In my quieter, slower paced life, I realize ... Read more...

  • The Thief of My Confidence

    By Sharon Bowers

    Phones ringing, files waiting, patients checking in, charts being reviewed, doctors requesting things, cards copying, machines buzzing, and myself running never sitting is a typical day of my life at the office where I work.  The stress level is high and intense as I juggle the doctor’s schedules, the appointments for medical tests, insurance verifications, nurses’ letters and test results.

    Whew! That was a glimpse of my former work life! At the ... Read more...

  • Ready to Stop Feeling Guilty?

    By Elaine K Sanchez

    Have you ever felt guilty for taking a break from your duties as a caregiver? If so, you are not alone. According to a survey of 1,000 caregivers, 54% stated they felt guilty when they spent time doing something for themselves.*

    I received an email from a woman a few weeks ago whose husband had just died. He’d had ALS, and during the last three years of his life, he couldn’t ... Read more...

  • I have Parkinson’s – Genevieve White

    It is so sad that even today the medical world does not recognize signs of Parkinson’s. Early detection is so important! If I only knew then what I know now; studies have shown that exercise is so important to the disease and slows the progression.

    Family and friends early on (late 40’s) started to notice that something was wrong with me. I will never forget my Aunt Lois saying, Genny the doctors are not ... Read more...

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