Parkinson's is not just a "neurodegenerative condition". In fact. there is much more to it. The research results on walking with the disease, which I present in the first video embedded here, I hope will be viewed as quite remarkable to many people.
But what I would like you to concentrate on is my eyes. Look into my eyes. They are wide open, full of expression, moving and alive. This is how I am, now, while in the depths of what is currently a standard "off" state for me, at this time. Anyone looking back at the videos of myself at the start of the Out-Thinking Parkinson's Journey some six months ago will see a very different person while in the same "off" state. Eyes glazed and half closed, fixed in the sockets. Face a blank - literally - a mask without creases, almost like plastic. So it is in my face and eyes where my Journey of Out-Thinking PD is writ large.
For comparison, you can see me in earlier stages in this video montage:
I have since taken the idea of the stepping stones and run with it (almost literally). I bought these interlocking play mat tiles from amazon recently. The colors and patterns that can be made with these take my original idea above and expand into almost unlimited ways to help with the walking... or hopping... or skipping... or jumping from "stepping stone" to "stepping stone". They also have practical applications, for example creating "run way" strips through the house, preventing falls by helping to regulate steps as people with Parkinson's move around.
I share this for the same reason I share all my posts - to inspire, motivate and demonstrate that there is always hope and through loving kindness we humans can rewrite our own stories.