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By Esther Bender

In a special number of brief writings, meditations, poetry, own photographs, and laptop pictures, the writer stocks with readers the best way she copes with the disabilities concerned with Parkinson's sickness. She recommends writing mishmash so that it will care for any emotion-laden taking place in existence. She stocks together with her readers the discouragements and highlights of a existence with Parkinson's affliction and claims that existence constantly has that means. images of pottery via Lynn Lais support to hold the metaphor of the grasp Potter shaping the clay--human beings.

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Then others will feel comfortable with you. Page 49 Keep a Medical Diary Telling a Beech by Its Bark Silvery gray, smooth, streaked with black: A beech! I can tell a beech by its bark. Parkinson's! These are my symptoms, these my bark: Shaking, the most visible of signs. Stiffness, quite debilitating. Slowness: Hurry up, they say. Stooping, painful every day. Shuffling makes me look so old. Staring, with eyes fixed and cold. Speechless, tongue-tied. Writing small upon the page, sometimes barely read at all.

Read, eat, smile? Almost everyone has an ability. Disability and ability focus on the way we were at birth and on circumstances since birth. But we have a will that makes us choosers, or to coin a noun, ablers. Ablers develop abilities. Ablers access the power of the Creator in overcoming disabilities or minimizing them. Some ablers with severe disabilities, through choice become rich, yes, rich in abilities, and some even become rich in things! Unrealistic? No. Ablers are in touch with themselves.

As your body ages, what interests and activities can you change into abilities? Finally, laugh at yourself! The search for ability should be fun and exciting! Most of us are half praying mantis and half hippopotamus! We have a devout, praying part of us, and we have an earthy, homely part. For our mental health, we need to feed the homely part with humor. A disabled person, an abler, and an enablerwe can be all of these at once. So, in some way, pick up your bed and walk! Stand up, take your mat and walk.

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