reach for the moon

ever had to overcome an obstacle to reach your goal?

… how about being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and then blasting off for a space-walk on the moon?

With NASA on his side, Rich Clifford set off into space in 1996 with a secret… he had Parkinson’s disease. Only now, is he sharing his story, with the intention of inspiring people to think big and follow their dreams… and that Parkinson’s disease doesn’t have to stand in the way of your dreams. Pretty inspirational!

Says Rich, “I am forever appreciative for the opportunity these people afforded me. They took the high road instead of making the easy decision, which would have been to ground me permanently.”

Rich is now an advocate with the National Parkinson Foundation in the US, and shares his experience and message of hope publicly. He is also preparing to become the focus of a documentary, produced by Zack, the son of neurologist Dr Joseph Jankovic, director of the Parkinson’s Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Check out the website, The Astronaut’s Secret.

“There are a lot of reasons to be pessimistic in the world right now but also some incredible reasons to be optimistic!” How true.

You can read the full article here: The Telegraph, November 11 2011.

reach for your dreams! much love.

review: most of me

so, lately life has been full! i’ve been…

…in ontario presenting at the Canadian Association of Gerontology and celebrating november birthdays in october

…flooded out of our apartment and trying to make a cozy home in a nearby hotel-suite

BUT, most importantly i’ve been reading an AMAZING book…

bio/background: robyn michele levy is a Vancouver CBC broadcast journalist and mom who at the age of 43 was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s (following her dad’s diagnosis!)… not only that…six months later, she found out she had breast cancer.

This memoir is written in very accessible language and makes you feel like she’s telling you her story over a glass of wine… it’s an emotional read, but her dark humour keeps you hooked. For example, she writes a mock press announcement, “for immediate release”: “Robyn Michele Levy has diversified her disease portfolio with the unexpected acquisition of breast cancer. This follows hot on the heels of her recent partnership acquisition of Parkinson’s’ “R” Us, formerly a sole proprietorship owned by her father.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who has someone in their life dealing with either Parkinson’s disease or breast cancer… her perspective is brutally honest and she offers refreshing insight. Coming from someone who spends lots of time with persons with PD, you almost feel like you get an insiders perspective and can almost grasp some of their internal struggles. I’m donating my copy to the kelowna PD support group’s library tonight so I can share her story with those who may benefit from her perspective.

Levy’s memoir has been voted onto the Top 40 list of this year’s CBC Canada Reads! You can cast your vote and help her make it onto the Top 10 List…

so, cozy up in your home with this great book! much love.