Lately I’ve felt like I haven’t really been contributing much to the cause. I find myself in more of a background role, itching to get started again on a new Parkinson’s project.
Emily and I went up to Morristown, N.J., recently for a friend’s fundraiser, and I was telling Stephanie, from the Michael J. Fox Foundation how I was feeling. She reminded me that in supporting those people and getting others involved in the cause, I’m still doing something amazing.
The next week, I really got to see this in action at the Philadelphia Marathon. And I’m so grateful.
Continue reading Supporting the cause by supporting a new Team Fox family member
I have to admit that I’m not a super optimistic person. I’m sarcastic, snarky, and while I believe there is good in people, I see a lot of bad things working for a newspaper.
Sometimes I find myself wondering how I’d deal with having a disease like Parkinson’s.
If you’ve read anything about our family and my Dad, you know that he’s super optimistic about life and Parkinson’s. He did an interview this week where he told someone with the Michael J Fox Foundation that the only person more optimistic than him was the man’s boss — Michael J Fox. He also told the interviewer that if he had to do it all again, he’d want Parkinson’s because it makes him a better person (something my mom has said about him, too).
Continue reading Could I be optimistic in the face of disease?
For those who have read my story, you know that with my wife’s gentle guidance, I moved through all of the stages of “mourning” in an instant.
From that moment on, I chose to actively look for the positive in everything. Yes, I know there is no cure, but there will be in my life. Yes joining a drug trial to find new drugs that relieve symptoms or may be a cure can be scary, but without our help they can’t help us. Get the picture!!!
I heard Michael J Fox speak one time and he said it better than I can. He said “If you get caught up in worrying about the worst case scenario and it doesn’t happen you have wasted your time; and if it does happen you’ve lived it twice.”
Continue reading We do have choices – To be optimistic or not