Road to Recovery
Below is an email from Janet that I received permission to post. She would love to hear about experiences from others who are not on medication who are also on the road to recovery.
“I was diagnosed with PD 8 years ago, just after my 44th birthday, and have been on the road to recovery ever since. I’ve taken various approaches over these years including various supplements, stress reduction, acupuncture and various bodywork, Tai Chi, Qigong, yoga, positive attitude, forgiveness, visualization, curiosity, meditation, read many books on healing, trained in (as well as received) Reiki, reflexology, cranio-sacral therapy, shiatsu and shiatsu shin tai. I attended your Summit in Santa Fe. I currently receive Shiatsu Shin Tai or therapeutic massage every week. I still exercise daily—bicycling, yoga, qigong and walking. I’m 2 months into a candida overgrowth diet and just learned I have fibrin monomers in my blood (thick blood) so have added nattokinase enzyme. I still believe I will recover during this lifetime and believe there is purpose to what I’m experiencing.
I have never taken PD meds and continue to intuit that I should not start. I’ve done very well, although there has been progression of symptoms since May. I still walk and function without aids—except for family members helping with some fine motor household tasks I can no longer do without great effort. I currently do not have the energy, strength, and coordination to practice as a body worker but continue bookkeeping at home for our family businesses.
I would like to know if there are others diagnosed but not taking meds. I can’t find any through Patients Like Me site or other searches. I’m curious how others are managing without meds. I’ve read and heard various recovery stories, but think most, if not all, recover within two years of diagnosis. I’m curious what you have found in your research.”