When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When life gives you shit you take that shit, break it down into its composite parts and use it as fertilizer to grow your own lemons.
I am a 32 year old Canadian who was born in Kenya as an Israeli citizen to Polish parents and recently spent a decade in East Asia while travelling the world. Three years ago I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Initially it didn’t bother me that much, my symptoms didn’t really impact my life and I believed that I could continue living as though nothing had happened. But they don’t call this disease degenerative for nothing, over time my symptoms have progressed to the point where I felt the need to take action to better manage this disease and prevent further decline. I recently moved back to Canada, giving up a promising career in China, to not only take better care of my health but also find a way to get involved in some of the research being done. Since my diagnosis I have been seen by over 20 neurologists and motor disease specialists in various corners of the world and have thoroughly engrossed myself in the study of this disease.
There is no cure for Parkinson’s Disease. PD results from the accumulated death of dopamine producing neurons in parts of the brain that primarily control movement and mood. Given the current state of medical science my fate looks something like this; proper medication, healthy diet and regular exercise should keep relatively normal for 10 years, after which I will undergo DBS(deep brain stimulation), to have electrodes surgically implanted into my brain, that should buy me a few more good years.
I write to assure you that none of this has deterred me from getting all that I can out of life. My research into this pathology has led me down a very interesting path, one I plan on sharing with you in this blog. Not only has it connected me to some remarkable people and taken me to places I otherwise would never have visited, but it has also exposed me to ideas that have completely changed my perception on my own life and our collective fate.
I am an educator by nature, having spent nearly a decade teaching and running schools in East Asia. I am an old soul. I take joy out of accumulating knowledge and finding a way to pass that knowledge onto others. This blog is my attempt to continue doing just that.