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Old Me vs New Me

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Some things will forever remain frozen in time for me, at least in my head.  Or that’s just a conclusion I’ve come to over the last year.  With every day that passes I understand a bit more about myself and what living with a spinal injury means, at least to me.  But I also leave some parts of my pre-injury self further and further in the past each day:  Aspects of myself that have essentially retired .  And I’m not sure if I’ll ever reconcile those aspects of my life, I’m not sure if I should, or if I even want to.  I’m just very aware that parts of the old me were retired and replaced by the new and current me the moment I was injured.

Living life post-injury meant having to accept I was essentially beginning all over and relearning how to live in this world.  It’s taken a while to get me where I am and I’m still learning, accepting and tweaking every single day.  I knew this would have to be the case very early on.  What I definitely did not anticipate was how much of the old me had to be left behind to make room for this new me.  And I’m not referring to the obvious things: I knew walking, playing basketball, writing and drawing by hand, hugging my family… and a plethora of other physical activities were off the table.  But it was the things I assumed wouldn’t change that caught me off guard:  The things that had retired without me realising.  Let me explain.

In theory, nothing stops me from joining my friends on a night out and heading back home afterwards.  In reality, my friends and I are limited to only going places that are wheelchair accessible, I have to take a carer with me or one of my friends has to be a designated chaperone i.e. spend the night out essentially looking after me; once we are out, I can’t move around the premises because crowds are hard enough to get through in a wheelchair without you having to try and get people’s attention while music blares at ear-numbing volumes, so I end up finding a table and sitting in the corner; I can get on the dance floor and “enjoy the music” but I can’t dance; I can’t order a drink myself as almost every bar is too high; in the end the whole affair becomes an exercise in trying to recreate an experience I am no longer able to have.  At least not in the way I used to.

Typical nights out: Retired .

Even things as simply as grocery shopping.  In theory, I can go into any shop, browse the aisles, interact with staff as needed, buy things and leave.  In practice, the route to any shop in walking distance also has to be entirely wheelchair accessible i.e. be entirely level-surfaced or have ramps, dropped curbs, lifts; the shop itself needs to be laid out in a way my wheelchair can get everywhere I need to; again, I have to be chaperoned to pickup anything from any shelf; I need someone to physically pay for my items with my money or my bankcard i.e. my wallet stopped being my personal space years ago; and then of course I can’t carry anything I bought out of the shop myself.  I guess I could place some items on my legs and exit the shop that way, but one unnoticed bump on the way home or ramp with an even slightly excessive angle and my newly bought items end up all over the floor, or worse still, the middle-of-the-road.

“Popping” to the shops: Retired

I could go on paragraph after paragraph about the retired aspects of my life, but that is not what this blog is about.

So, what has replaced the Retirees?   Well, thankfully a lot of new and awesome things I also did not anticipate.

The only reading I ever did pre-injury were for school/uni, texts/emails or comic books.  I put pen to paper a lot but only ever to take notes in class or draw.  I would have never guessed I had any ability to express myself in written word, even more so after losing the ability to use my hands.  Now, unless everyone who reads my blog also lies to me, I know I’m at least a decent writer.

I used to struggle to talk to strangers outside a few very specific conditions.  Once even getting so anxious about meeting my girlfriend’s parents for the first time that I picked up a magazine pretending to read it only to be told 10 minutes in that I was holding it upside down.  Today, I actively seek opportunities to talk to people I’ve never met, be it public speaking or engaging one or a few people in deep conversation, and aiming to always leave that interaction with at least one party having had a positive productive experience (either they learn something new or I do).

I once looked upon people in wheelchairs or with visible disabilities as missing out in life and needing help.  The thought of being one of “them” filled me with a sense of loss and dread.  Now, I take pride in who I am, how I look and the value I bring to every situation or location I find myself in.  I genuinely believe everyone and everything around me can and will be made better by my presence if I put my mind to it.  As such, it is now rare I feel lost, out of place or without purpose.  Quite the opposite in fact.  The old me was very confident but not for all the right reasons.  I look back at him with some advice and guidance to give but I don’t need to.  He’s played his part, took me as far as he could and is now happily retired , which needed to happen for the new me to even have a chance at being born.  This version of me maybe relatively young but he’s already achieved so much and it’s only just beginning. 

Again, I could write paragraph after paragraph on how my life is now better since the old me was retired … Oh wait, I already do… on this blog, and where I can’t write it I definitely say it.  To anyone who needs to hear it or wants to know it. It’s unfortunate it took an experience like my injury for me to see all these things I could always do (because let’s be honest, these were always skills and abilities I had but never wanted or needed to harness) and I will never wish it on anyone.  So in place of any of you having to experience something as drastic as I did to reveal your hidden potential, why not look for them now.  Put yourself out there, try something new, improve something old, help someone else tap into their potential.  No matter what, don’t wait like I did.  You don’t have to find a new you to be your best self.  You already have all the tools you need.  You just have to find them, and put them to good use.

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Stuck In A Rut

Recently I’ve been in a bit of a funk, a low point, if you will. It’s nothing like I usually get to, as in it’s not super bad, but it’s had me scratching my head wondering what the hell is going on. Was it COVID? Was it all the lockdowns we endured here in Melbourne? So many what if’s and maybes. It was doing my head in, honestly. And then it came to me the other day when I was talking to a mentor; I’m not the same person I used to be anymore.

I keep comparing the person I am today with the person I was back in May of 2016. Or even the person I was in September of 2017 when I finished up working with VentraIP Australia. I keep trying to compare work output and relationships, telling myself I’m just lazy. Anyone who knows me knows that my sitting still and not doing something is pretty out of the normal scope for me.

Many life-changing events have happened since that day, way too many to chronicle here. I realised that I’m not that person anymore and more than likely may never be that person again. The Craig of 2016 was less sure of himself, didn’t see the value he brought to the table and was somebody who worked long hours. I would often put the needs of others well and truly in front of my own. I didn’t give a toss about my health; I’m way overweight again at the moment. I couldn’t hold a conversation with a group of people, and I was always Anxious about that speaking.

The new Craig now has a much better understanding of who he is and what he can bring to the world. I care about my health and taking steps to correct it. I will more than happily talk anybody’s ear off about my passions, mental health being the primary one. I can speak in a roomful of people, and while I still battle my anxiety, I don’t let it win.

I will be celebrating my 40th year on this big blue rock of ours on June 21st this year, and it’s made me realise that I don’t want to get to 60 and regret the next 20 years of my life. It’s a far cry from the young, frightened boy who was desperately trying to end his life back in his 20’s.

Maybe you are doing the same thing as well, comparing an older version of yourself with a newer version? The problem is the older version of us, hasn’t gone through anything the current version has. So it is possible that we are going to be at a distinct disadvantage when comparing those two personas. Remember to be kind to yourself and give yourself a break.

Something interesting that I wanted to talk with people about is the Gallup CliftonStrengths Assessment / Questionnaire as I often marvel at it.

Gallup CliftonStrengths

When I did my speaking Bootcamp in February of 2019, as part of that, we got to do the Gallup Clifton Strengths questionnaire. It helps to show us where we are the best and areas for improvement; I guess you would say.

In my top 10 strengths, I got three themes in the Executing Category, No themes in the Influencing Category, one theme in Relationship Building and six themes in the Strategic Thinking category. When it comes to Strategic Thinking, I score very strong.

It’s incredible just how accurate that test was, however. I wouldn’t disagree with a single thing; it’s pointed out as my Top 10 strengths. Just in case anybody is interested in my Top 5 strengths:

  • Strategic (Strategic Thinking) – People exceptionally talented in the Strategic theme create alternative ways to proceed. Faced with any given scenario, they can quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues.
  • Achiever (Executing) – People exceptionally talented in the Achiever theme work hard and possess a great deal of stamina. They take immense satisfaction in being busy and productive.
  • Relator (Relationship Building) – People exceptionally talented in the Relator theme enjoy close relationships with others. They find deep satisfaction in working hard with friends to achieve a goal.
  • Intellection (Strategic Thinking) – People exceptionally talented in the Intellection theme are characterised by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and appreciate intellectual discussions.
  • Input (Strategic Thinking) – People exceptionally talented in the Input theme have a need to collect and archive. They may accumulate information, ideas, artefacts or even relationships.

If you have never done the assessment before, and you are able to work I think you would find it to be a very interesting report to read. Heck, even if you’re not working it could open some doors for you that you never really looked into before.

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What it means for the Supreme Court to throw out Chevron decision, undercutting federal regulators


FILE- Gulls follow a commercial fishing boat as crewmen haul in their catch in the Gulf of Maine, in this Jan. 17, 2012 file photo. TExecutive branch agencies will likely have more difficulty regulating the environment, public health, workplace safety and other issues under a far-reaching decision by the Supreme Court. The court’s 6-3 ruling on Friday overturned a 1984 decision colloquially known as Chevron that has instructed lower courts to defer to federal agencies when laws passed by Congress are not crystal clear. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Executive branch agencies will likely have more difficulty regulating the environment, public health, workplace safety and other issues under a far-reaching decision by the Supreme Court .

The court’s 6-3 ruling on Friday overturned a 1984 decision colloquially known as Chevron that has instructed lower courts to defer to federal agencies when laws passed by Congress are not crystal clear.

The 40-year-old decision has been the basis for upholding thousands of regulations by dozens of federal agencies, but has long been a target of conservatives and business groups who argue that it grants too much power to the executive branch, or what some critics call the administrative state.

The Biden administration has defended the law, warning that overturning so-called Chevron deference would be destabilizing and could bring a “convulsive shock” to the nation’s legal system.


Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the court, said federal judges “must exercise their independent judgment in deciding whether an agency has acted within its statutory authority.”

The ruling does not call into question prior cases that relied on the Chevron doctrine, Roberts wrote.

Here is a look at the court’s decision and the implications for government regulations going forward.

What is the Chevron decision?

Atlantic herring fishermen sued over federal rules requiring them to pay for independent observers to monitor their catch. The fishermen argued that the 1976 Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act did not authorize officials to create industry-funded monitoring requirements and that the National Marine Fisheries Service failed to follow proper rulemaking procedure.

In two related cases, the fishermen asked the court to overturn the 40-year-old Chevron doctrine, which stems from a unanimous Supreme Court case involving the energy giant in a dispute over the Clean Air Act. That ruling said judges should defer to the executive branch when laws passed by Congress are ambiguous.

In that case, the court upheld an action by the Environmental Protection Agency under then-President Ronald Reagan.

In the decades following the ruling, Chevron has been a bedrock of modern administrative law, requiring judges to defer to agencies’ reasonable interpretations of congressional statutes.

But the current high court, with a 6-3 conservative majority has been increasingly skeptical of the powers of federal agencies. Justices Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch have questioned the Chevron decision. Ironically, it was Gorsuch’s mother, former EPA Administrator Anne Gorsuch, who made the decision that the Supreme Court upheld in 1984.


What’s at stake?

With a closely divided Congress, presidential administrations have increasingly turned to federal regulation to implement policy changes. Federal rules impact virtually every aspect of everyday life, from the food we eat and the cars we drive to the air we breathe and homes we live in.

President Joe Biden’s administration, for example, has issued a host of new regulations on the environment and other priorities, including restrictions on emissions from power plants and vehicle tailpipes , and rules on student loan forgiveness , overtime pay and affordable housing.

Those actions and others could be opened up to legal challenges if judges are allowed to discount or disregard the expertise of the executive-branch agencies that put them into place.

With billions of dollars potentially at stake, groups representing the gun industry and other businesses such as tobacco, agriculture, timber and homebuilding, were among those pressing the justices to overturn the Chevron doctrine and weaken government regulation.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce filed an amicus brief last year on behalf of business groups arguing that modern application of Chevron has “fostered aggrandizement’’ of the executive branch at the expense of Congress and the courts.

David Doniger, a lawyer and longtime Natural Resources Defense Council official who argued the original Chevron case in 1984, said he feared that a ruling to overturn the doctrine could “free judges to be radical activists” who could “effectively rewrite our laws and block the protections they are supposed to provide.”

“The net effect will be to weaken our government’s ability to meet the real problems the world is throwing at us — big things like COVID and climate change,″ Doniger said.

More than just fish

“This case was never just about fish,’' said Meredith Moore of the environmental group Ocean Conservancy. Instead, businesses and other interest groups used the herring fishery “to attack the foundations of the public agencies that serve the American public and conserve our natural resources,’' she said.

The court ruling will likely open the floodgates to litigation that could erode critical protections for people and the environment, Moore and other advocates said.

“For more than 30 years, fishery observers have successfully helped ensure that our oceans are responsibly managed so that fishing can continue in the future,’' said Dustin Cranor of Oceana, another conservation group.

He called the case “just the latest example of the far right trying to undermine the federal government’s ability to protect our oceans, waters, public lands, clean air and health.’'

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey called the decision a fitting follow-up to a 2022 decision — in a case he brought — that limits the EPA’s ability to control greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The court held that Congress must speak with specificity when it wants to give an agency authority to regulate on an issue of major national significance.

Morrisey, now the GOP nominee for governor, called Chevron “a misguided doctrine under which courts defer to legally dubious interpretations of statutes put out by federal administrative agencies.”

A shift toward judicial power

The Supreme Court ruling will almost certainly shift power away from the executive branch and Congress and toward courts, said Craig Green, a professor at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law.

“Federal judges will now have the first and final word about what statutes mean,″ he said. “That’s a big shift in power.″

In what some observers see as a historic irony, many conservatives who now attack Chevron once celebrated it. The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was among those who hailed the original ruling as a way to rein in liberal laws.

“Conservatives believed in this rule until they didn’t,’' Green said in an interview.

In recent years, conservatives have focused on “deconstruction of the administrative state,’' even if the result lessens the ability of a conservative president to impose his beliefs on government agencies.

“If you weaken the federal government, you get less government,’' Green said — an outcome that many conservatives, including those who back former President Donald Trump, welcome.

The ruling will likely “gum up the works for federal agencies and make it even harder for them to address big problems. Which is precisely what the critics of Chevron want,” said Jody Freeman, director of the environmental and energy law program at Harvard Law School.


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There have been a few instances throughout my life where I have experienced problems with school. One in particular was when I made a transition from my former self, to the person I am today. The transition was forced upon me by an undesirable chain of events, one that I would not wish on anybody. However, through the circumstances set before me, I was able to see the changes I needed to make and become a different person. Unfortunately, throughout the transition from me old self to my new self I experienced a tumultuous time concerning my education. Formerly, it was easy to see I was careless. Taking homework seriously was not something that came easily to me; I did not think school was important or anything that would benefit my future. Moreover, I was not striving to be a dependent member of society. In fact, I was completely dependent on my family. Primarily these responsibilities fell on my brother. Looking back, it seemed like he always thought I was capable of more. Despite his belief in me, I continued to cause problems for myself by ignoring schoolwork. For example, there were many instances wherein I skipped class entirely. I was staying up late and sleeping too much during the day. I did not attempt to get a job or attend school many days, still believing it was below me, or that I would not achieve anything of note. Naturally, these actions created difficult circumstances at home, as well as school. I fell behind quickly. Days I did attend, I did not understand much of the material. In turn, this drove my desire further down. If I could not understand the material, what was I doing there? It seemed like an unwinnable struggle to me at the time, and I continued on my course. My family was furious and worried. They began arguments with me almost on a daily basis regarding my school performance. I was unsure if they thought I could do better, or if they were simply worried I would eventually bring shame to the family name. No matter what they said, my brother would defend me. He would tell them I was smart and could accomplish something in school, reminding them I was struggling for a reason or going through a difficult time. He tried the best that he could to understand me. Then, one day, my brother died. It was truly one of the most difficult days of my life, and something so traumatizing that it changed what was within me. I began to transition. My old self began to die, as the only member of my family who I had really depended on or who had defended me passed away. My new self began to form out of the ruin that was our broken family, and what felt like my broken life. My brother always believed in me, as well as my education. Part of what I felt like I could do to honor his memory was trying my best in school. It was not an easy thing to do, however, as my life became incredibly difficult after his passing. I felt completely alone for the first time in my entire life. It was the feeling of independence; I realized this, and I did not like it. I had nobody to depend on but myself. The harsh realization that I had taken my brother for granted weighed on me, but it also helped me commit to what I wanted to do, in honor of my brother’s memory. Prior to my brother’s death, I had heard people speak of commitment to a decision but never done it myself. Afterward, I began to know the meaning of this as I made the decision to commit to my schoolwork. It was one of the biggest struggles of my life, but I did not give up, always reminding myself my brother knew I was capable of doing more with my intelligence and my life. When the idea to skip a class or neglect my homework overcame me, I reminded myself of these feelings and stopped myself from causing problems for my education. Eventually, it was second nature to do my homework and attend school. I was passing and doing well in my courses. Furthermore, I was naturally committed to my education and enjoying what I was learning. Eventually, my hard work paid off and I was granted a scholarship. Finally it made sense, and I was able to see what my brother had seen each time he had stood up for me or said there was more to me than what my family saw, because I had finally done it. I had accomplished what he had always said I would accomplish. In sum, the transition from my old self to my new self was a good transition for a terrible reason. In addition, my old self caused many problems educationally for me. Had I not adjusted my life and my choices, I would not be where I am today, and would not have the future I have before me. I am thankful all the time that I was able to change into who I am now in order to understand the value of a good education. While I still think I may have been able to undergo these changes given different circumstances, I am still glad I underwent them at all. I know now I had to see how far I could fall concerning education in order to take it seriously and work hard enough to gain a scholarship.


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I tested Motorola's new Razr Plus (2024) and it made the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip feel outdated


The smartphone release calendar typically looks like this: New Android flagships come out early in the year, then mid-range phones in the spring, followed by foldables in the summer, and the iPhone in the fall. Right now, we're in stage three, with Motorola kicking things off this week by announcing two new flip phones, the 2024 Razr and Razr Plus .

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The two phones look similar to last year's models, and the Razr and Razr Plus are also priced the same at $699 and $999, respectively, but three notable differences make them even more worthy of your consideration in 2024.

1. Large external displays on both models 

Perhaps the most logical (and unsurprising) upgrade with this year's Razr models is the larger external displays, with the standard Razr going from a 1.5-inch OLED to 3.6 inches, while the Razr Plus goes from a 3.6-inch OLED to 4 inches.

They both were just bright enough to swipe around under the afternoon sun in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and the smoothness of the 165Hz panel on the Razr Plus was particularly pleasant. I just wonder how the high refresh rate display will impact the phones' batteries, which are rated 4,000mAh (Plus) and 4,200mAh (standard).

Also: Motorola Razr Plus (2023) review: The best flipping foldable right now

The smaller battery on the Plus model can be reasoned by the larger 4-inch display, which gives it the title of having the largest external display of any flip-style phone, besting the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5' s (and possibly the Z Flip 6's) 3.4-inch panel. Does 0.4 inches make a difference to the user experience? Not significantly, but possibly enough to motivate me to use the outer display more often.

2. I'm cautiously optimistic about Moto AI

It can't be a 2024 phone without AI features. Both Motorola Razr models come with the Google Gemini app pre-installed, accessible via a long press of the power button. Considering how practical I found the shortcut to be when I tested the Pixel 8a just a month ago, I expect this similar integration to continue to help broaden my use of mobile AI tools .

Also: Google unveils big AI features coming to Android phones. Here's what's to expect

The AI features on the more expensive, more capable Razr Plus model go beyond what Google has to offer, though, with Motorola rolling out new Moto AI capabilities in the coming months, including voice prompts like "Catch me up" for summarizing notifications, "Pay attention" to start a voice recording with transcriptions and summarization, and "Remember this" to capture what's on screen and store for future recall.

That last feature is akin to Microsoft's Recall , which captures screenshots every few seconds so the system can pull any textual or visual information you may want in the future. However, with Microsoft delaying Recall over privacy and security issues , the same concerns could plague Motorola's "Remember this." When asked about how it's keeping user information secure, the company says the Razr Plus will only store what's on-screen when prompted by the user, and all information is stored on the device. We'll have to see the feature for ourselves when it rolls out later this fall.

3. Textured backing is here to stay 

Motorola has seemingly double-downed on textured back covers, and I'm not mad at it. Besides the flashy new colors that the Razr phones come in, including a "Hot Pink" for the Plus model that's a callback to the old Motorola Razr V3, they're styled in grippy vegan leather (or suede) material. Paired with the phone's contoured edges, I wouldn't expect these devices to slip out of your hand or pocket.

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If they do, both models now feature Corning Gorilla Glass Victus and a 30% smaller hinge design that the company says improves dust protection (from last year's IP54 to this year's  IPX8), reduces the crease, and makes the devices more comfortable to use.

The 2024 Razr and Razr Plus will be available for preorder starting on July 10 and officially arrive in stores on July 24.

Some tidbits...

  • Both models come with a base storage of 256GB and configurable RAM (8GB or 12GB).
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  • The Razr Plus no longer has an ultrawide camera. Instead, it has a 50MP main and 50MP telephoto lens, the latter of which, Motorola says, is more popular among Razr users.
  • On the other hand, the Razr does have an ultrawide camera, though it's only a 13MP sensor.
  • Both phones support 15W wireless charging.
  • Motorola is promising three operating system upgrades and four years of security updates.
  • The external display will now show an always-on graphic when the phones are folded at an angle.
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The Old Me vs. The New Me: I wrote this... - Cure Parkinson's

Cure parkinson's, the old me vs. the new me.

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I wrote this poem for my blog, Parkinson's Journey ( and thought I'd share it here... Enjoy.

I used to be happy

I used to be a lot of fun...

so I've been told.

What happened to me?

The me that used to not have to take pills to feel good?

The me that used to laugh and dance and sing?

The me, even I liked?

Even my kids say they want their 'old mom' back.

(By the way - so do I.)

How can I give them what was lost?

Get back what was taken away?

(Involuntarily, I might add.)

I try to stay 'up',

stay positive

but it's positively hard to do

when this thing -

this monster -

this thing called Parkinson's disease

insists on having it's way

and every time you start feeling like

the 'old you',

the 'new you' butts in.

Sometimes I don't have a choice in this.

Sometimes I don't get to choose

the up days

from the down days

and the in-between days

from the lost days.

And sometimes

the bad days really are as bad as they seem

and the good days are really better than it looks.

It's a game this little monster plays -

deceiving you

deceiving me.

But I'm going to try

and try real hard

to the old me.

And I mean that figuratively,

despite the color of my hair,

of which I earned each

and every gray strand

being a mom

when I was the old me

without Parkinson's disease

and the rest

from having Parkinson's disease.

I'm going to try

when I'm down

and not cry

when I feel like sobbing uncontrollably

over things lost

and if I find it hard

to find the old me

while living the new me

please don't give up on whoever I am -

because the old me

really is alive inside -

struggling to be freed.

SherriW profile image

A lovely moving poem thankyou for posting. Keep positive and keep smiling.

merlethegirl profile image

Great Poetry.!

Jerebet profile image

Well said. Hang in there.

jillannf6 profile image

keep smjiling

Thanks so much, jillannf6! have a great day!

DeParkiePoet profile image

You,unchanging you

are always there with me

I treasure you,

your invincible spirit

your indomitable strenght

so you change on the outside

but you, unchanging you

are always there

tlongmire profile image

Very Nice! :o)

Beemacs profile image

I know exactly how you feel & it is hard to keep smiling but we have to keep trying!

Lovely poem. Sometimes it's a stuggle to stay positive but we do because we know we have to. Keep smiling.

Joealt profile image

Thank you for sharing. I find when I "try" to be the old me and do more than I should, that is when I end up being more symptomatic. I am still trying to find a balance, litterally and figurtively!

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I love your poem! I can so relate to every word. I'm struggling to hold on the the "old" me, too.

I still have children at home and a husband, and they want the "old" me back, too. The one who is ever present and cool and collected; not the "new" one on a roller coaster of ups and downs. I'm just wanting to coast, but PD won't let me.

May I copy this poem and add your name. I would like to show my family.

Jaye profile image

I haven't posted here much. Hope this is in the right place.

Certainly some of our cognitive changes can look like personality changes to our families and close friends and even to ourselves. These changes can show up soon after diagnosis for young onseg people and be very discouraging, but often they don't get much worse, I am told, By the time you get to 60 or 65, your "normal" associates may have caught up to you, and you'll be more experienced at coping. In fact, the doctor that gave me this information said that I should "cultivate a habit of optimism."

So, when I seem weirdest I say to my family: "I'm in here! Don't give up on me!" And when I feel like bearing down on myself, I remember that I have gained in some areas when I lost in others and, due to the plasticity of the brain, my more creative side is stronger and more expressive (saw that on a daytime talk show about neuroscience yesterday). By the way, I have been diagnosed for 13 years as a young onset and am now 66

I keep a folder for my computer for "inspiration and boosts," and I do some journaling. I wrote this a couple of years ago when I needed a boost:

"This is not the life described in the script they handed me in the beginning, but this is the life I got. Having a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder is not the worst life possible, except at the beginning and the end, and I'm not throwing away my enjoyment of life and my own dear self in order to achieve purity of suffering (meaning me only, not the reader) . Maybe my team can stave off some of the worst effects until I'm ready to depart, anyhow. Why suffer now for what hasn't happened yet? I'm doing other things, more creative things, that seem all the more valuable because of the struggle that went into them, the price that they exacted from my life. The higher good is probably served better now. I know I lead a sounder life, when so many temptations could lead to misery and confusion."

I hope this helps, SherriW. Your poem is wonderful, and I hope you'll write more as you live into a new and greater You.

Please discuss your mood and feelings with your doctor, too.

maryalice profile image

Thanks for the wonderful poetry and inspirational writing. I feel like the real me is trapped on the inside.trying so desperately to get out.

Peaches profile image

I like your poem and I can totally relate to your feelings. Thanks so much for sharing.

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President Biden has repeatedly and rightfully described the stakes in this November’s presidential election as nothing less than the future of American democracy.

Donald Trump has proved himself to be a significant jeopardy to that democracy — an erratic and self-interested figure unworthy of the public trust. He systematically attempted to undermine the integrity of elections. His supporters have described, publicly, a 2025 agenda that would give him the power to carry out the most extreme of his promises and threats. If he is returned to office, he has vowed to be a different kind of president, unrestrained by the checks on power built into the American political system.

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