Pragmatic and practical insights, tips & tricks and research for people with Parkinson's Disease and caregivers, from the insiders' perspective.
Includes Dr Gary Sharpe's inspirational video diary, demonstrating to the world how Gary is continually pushing back the symptoms, reversing and recovering from Parkinson's Disease, nearly eight years into diagnosis.
Marva Lee Weigelt
What a revolutionary week this has been for me to integrate new understanding, launched by Gary Sharpe’s post about how trauma and chronic dysregulation affects other people’s perceptions of us in social situations. I had a giant aha that helped me understand and have compassion for my own mysterious social isolation as a child and well into adulthood.
Integrating that with my increased awareness after taking a class a year and a half ago and staying in touch through groups like this, I am able to understand that honing my interoception skills allows me to recognize virtually instantly when I am in the presence of a dysregulated person. I’m sure I’ve always done this, but without the comprehension of what’s happening.
I am using this raised awareness to great advantage in my peer support practice, and also observing how I am assisting others with cor-egulation.
Then, last night, in a community ukulele group I lead, I could understand why I was reacting as I was to a young woman who is a beginning player. It is quite clear that the rest of the group is having a similar reaction to her. In fact, one player stayed afterwards to talk to me privately about how the awkward young woman made her feel unaccountably “nervous.” I was so happy to have the language and concepts to help her understand what I thought was happening at the nervous system level. Then she said, “I used to be that way myself,” and I knew I had a new ally in building compassion instead of following the natural, but heartbreaking impulse to avoid and exclude this young person."
Hello Dr. Sharpe, I am very glad I came across your videos and messages on facebook! I just want to say a huge thanks as all your info is very useful. My mum was diagnosed last year. In Malta, even medication is limited. But anyway, I have lately also started helping out with managing the page Malta Parkinson's Disease Association, which tries to bring Maltese people with PD (and others) together. I find your articles (and especially your improvement) very admirable and much more helpful! Thank you once again.
Julie Brown Sheil
I really admire this man. Gary Sharpe is a Warrior in the fight against Parkinson’s Dusease.
He has been tirelessly researching therapies and documenting their effects along the way so that others can witness how he is healing himself. He also shares them with the world so that others can benefit from them, too.
He has refused to let doctors convince him that there’s nothing that can be done to slow or reverse symptoms. He has refused to become a victim of, or defined by, his disease. The best part is, he’s winning. He’s improving his quality of life (and that of others).
I follow Gary because once I found out I had neurological disease from Post-Concussion Syndrome, I began researching ways to help myself. Even though I don’t have Parkinson’s, I do have a chronic disease and I have found all of Gary’s insights (listed below) to be true in my case as well. Doctors don’t know everything. Specialists only know their specialty. Doctors chase symptoms rather than chasing the cause of the symptoms. Patients who are intimately involved with their own healing do better. Patients who think outside the box can make some impactful discoveries, not only for themselves, but for others.
It’s a sad state of affairs that patients are left to navigate their own recovery and healing. But it can lead to some amazing discoveries.
Gary is the reason I started my Mind Matters Mondays posts. I want my journey to be able to help others, to make it a little less likely that someone will have to struggle to find answers or relief the way I have.
Thank you, Gary, for all that you do!