Forget About It
I have a recommendation for you to consider that you may well think is outrageous. I admit it. It is outrageous. But I predict if you follow my recommendation, you will be surprised and pleased with the result.
My suggestion – which costs nothing by the way – is to forgetÂ about the fact you have been
diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. My recommendation obviously needs an explanation which I will offer by way of explaining why some people recover from cancer and others do not.
People who are more likely to recover from cancer haveÂ one trait in common. TheyÂ forget about it. They focus their energy onÂ making the changes in their life thatÂ are necessary to help their body heal. Â They spendÂ time eating nutritious food, exercising every day and living theirÂ life to the fullest. They embrace their passions, especially those they have neglected.
People who do not recover from cancer focus their energy on the cancer itself.
- They focus their thoughts and attention to where the cancer is believed to be located in their body.
- They consider over and over again the methods that must be used to kill the cancer.
- They spend theirÂ time in hospitals and clinics receiving invasive treatments.
- They become intimately acquaintedÂ with the technical terminology used by medical doctors. In just a few weeks they sound like doctors.
When I just used the word “cancer” – did you feel a tingeÂ of fear crawl up your spine? Did you perhaps think Â to yourself …
Oh my! Having Parkinson’s is enough for anyone. Is it possible I have cancer too?
Just reading about cancer is traumatic for people. Guess what? Â We all have
cancer cells in our body. Cancer cells are everywhere – in our toes and in our head. No one is exempt. Â Most people give their cancer cells get far too much attention. It is this intense
attention and fear that feeds and nourishes the cancer to grow rapidly and thrive. It gives them energy.
Who Recovers from Parkinson’s Disease?
Permit me now to apply the same ideas about cancer to Parkinson’s. Didn’t you go
into fear just like everyone else when you were told you had “Parkinson’s disease”?
I say : Forget about it.
Drain the entire experience of being told you have thisÂ “disease” town the toilet.Â I predict you will be much happier.
- You will have moreÂ enthusiasm.
- You will have more time toÂ focus attention on taking the positive steps needed toÂ reverse your symptoms.
- You will enjoy spending more time with your family. You willÂ regenerate your love of life.
Let the doctors and researchers agonize over a diagnosis. Let them worry which treatments to recommend for “Parkinson’s Disease.” That happens to be the work that they have chosen. Acknowledge that it is the jobÂ ofÂ medical doctors and researchers to sort through these issues. You are not being paid a handsome salary to think these thoughts. They are.
Centering your moment to moment thoughts on a diagnosis of Parkinson’s that your doctor has declared need not dominate or ruin your life. Any diagnosis – yours included – is simply the opinion of oneÂ person anyway. Â There is no definitive way to diagnose Parkinson’s disease. My research shows there is a very good chance you do not have
what is labeled as classic “Parkinson’s disease. You have something else. Why get
depressed over a disease state you may have never have had anyway?
When you forget about it, you no longer have toÂ think about whether a “cure” will be
found in your lifetime. Right? It does not matter a flip. You have forgottenÂ about it. Let the doctors and researchers worry about finding a cure. Again, that is what theyÂ are being paid to do.
You are not being paid to think about a cure – so why bother? It
just clutters up your mind with thoughts that you can do nothing about.
I believe when you forget about it,Â you have the opportunity to become more mindful of all the signals yourÂ body is sending to you moment toÂ moment. Symptoms no longer have an overarching labelÂ of a “disease.” They areÂ simply discrete messages that your body sends to youÂ moment to moment. The point of the messagesÂ you are being given is that a change is required of some type for your symptoms to resolve. Instead of tryingÂ to silence the symptoms with drugs, why not listen to them? Allow your body is talk to you.
- Perhaps you simply need to drink more water.
- Perhaps you simply need to breathe moreÂ deeply.
- Perhaps you need to stop using a cell phone.
- Perhaps you need to stop eating sugar.
- Perhaps you need more exercise.
- Perhaps …
If you insist on attaching yourself to the proposition you have Parkinson’s
disease, you are much more likely to wait around for a “cure” than to realize that in the moment, all you may need to do to feel better is to drink water, breath more deeply and exercise.
Focusing on a disease – Parkinson’s in this case – generates negative thoughts.
It activates and sustainsÂ depression. Focusing on your passionsÂ opens endless possibilities of exploration and experimentation.
- Want to live a happier life despite whatever symptoms you currently experience?
- Want to reverse depression?
- Want to have more energy to live your life to the fullest?
Certainly there are manyÂ ways to accomplish these goals. One of the smartest and might I add cheapestÂ ways is to simply justÂ forget you have Parkinson’s disease.Â Let your doctor worry about a cure.Â Get on with the business of healing and pursuing your passions.
I predict you will be happy you did.
Robert Rodgers, Ph.D.
Road to Recovery from Parkinson’s Disease