If you have been told you have Parkinson’s disease, do any or all of the following reactions resonate?
- I have been dealt a horrible setback I did not deserve.
- I have done nothing to deserve Parkinson’s symptoms.
- I am not guilty of wrong doing.
- I have been imprisoned unjustly.
- I have lost my freedom.
- I have lost friends because of my circumstances
- I cannot escape my circumstances.
- I make valiant efforts to escape but I remain jailed.
Well? These resentments are identical to individuals imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. There are estimated to be 120,000 inmates serving sentences inÂ United States prisonsÂ who have been convicted ofÂ crimes they did not commit. Since 1989, 2000 have been exoneratedÂ and freed.
People who experience Parkinson’s symptoms becomeÂ are also wrongly convicted prisoners in their own right.Â How does anyone survive when they are victims of imprisonment? Â What have wrongly convictedÂ prisoners done to remain sane? How were they able to maintain theÂ dedication to pursue their freedom despite the fact many remained imprisoned to 10-20 years before being released from jail?
Stories of recovery and vindication have been documented in a recent book edited by
Laura Caldwell and Leslie Klinger titledÂ Anatomy of Innocence: Testimonies of the Wrongly Convicted. One of the cases is told by former JazzÂ Musician Antoine Day who was falsely imprisoned for 10 years. He concluded thatÂ his mental state would be dependent on his ability to connect withÂ his past. Through persistence and clear purpose, he succeeded in convincing prison officials to provide musical instruments to inmates who shared his
love of music. Day formed a prison jazz band which helped keep himselfÂ and other inmates sane. Inner resolve and commitment were critical to securing his ultimate freedom. His persistence paid off in the end.
Be inspired by the wisdom of Antoinne Day and other wrongly convictedÂ prisoners who refused to give up. In small part it is about persisting in the face ofÂ formidable obstacles.Â In large part it is about embracing your lifeÂ passions. How can you best activate the process of recovery?
- Reinvigorate the thrills of what gave you excitement and joy in the past.
- Embrace your life’s calling.
- Respond to the call of your soul’s longing.
- Take the steps you know in your heart, mind and soul will ultimately lead to freedom.
What have you loved in the past that you have abandoned? EmbraceÂ it now. That is what Antoinne Day did. Follow his leadership into aÂ new life outside the confines of confinement and restriction.
Persist. The solution will find you at the right time and in the right place.Â May it not take as long as 10 years to celebrate symptomatic freedom Â as it did for Antoinne.
Robert Rodgers PhD
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease
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