Living with Parkinson’s Disease!

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Welcome to Parking Suns – A Life with Parkinson’s Disease!

My name is Bruce Ballard.  I am 63 years old and a Professional Development Specialist at the Bronx Charter School for Better Learning.  I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in 2012, although I’d been living with the symptoms for a few years before that.

I’m starting this blog for two reasons:

1.  I hope this blog perks up my well being.  According to an article on the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s Facebook page, “Research suggests that writing, and editing, our own stories may help reduce stress and boost health.”  The Fox web article, by the way, was published on Feb. 6, my birthday.  

2.  Perhaps other people in the PD community and the world at large will find this blog worthwhile – either because of the articles and links I uncover, or else from the daily (near daily?) record of the ups and downs of my life with Parkinson’s disease.

Click around and let me know what you think!  You can leave a message below, or write me at parkingsuns@gmail.com.

34 thoughts on “Living with Parkinson’s Disease!

    1. Thanks for visiting my website, Paula. It’s always a pleasure to see/hear from you. – Bruce

    1. Hey Henry – Thanks for dropping by. It’s great to have your support. Hope to see you again here or on FB! – Bruce

  1. This is indeed a wonderful idea. I’ll check in from time to time to know what going on for you. You have my best wishes and support.

    ~ Arthur

    1. Hi Arthur – Looking forward to seeing you here and at school. Thanks for dropping by. – Bruce

  2. Prayers! Chronic illness is such a bummer! I have a daughter with Lupus (systemic and skin) which also accompanies other tag a long illnesses (sjorgrens, chronic fatigue, joint pains etc etc) and my granddaughter was recently diagnosed with dermatomyositis (she is 10 years old and a very active competitive dancer)…BUT the key is “LIVING” with any illness…we all must make the best of the cards that were dealt…

    1. Hi CRaig! I visited your site. It’s very impressive – you touch on so many topics. Hope to see you again – Bruce

  3. I was diagnosed with PD at 51 years old. I am by profession a Registered Nurse specializing in Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant. At the age of 55 I had to go out oh disability giving up a career I loved.
    Thank you for starting this blog. Best wishes.

    1. Thanks for visiting, Sherry, and for the comment. I hope you are still enjoying life, even though you had to stop working. Please come back again. It’s nice having you on board.

      – Bruce

  4. Hi Bruce, Congratulations on the blog! We can all learn together. I look forward to reading your posts.

  5. Dear Bruce – And here I thought that crepuscular (and twilight as well) only referred to that dim period in the evening after the sun sets. Little did I suspect that it also applied to that dim period before the sun rises in the morning. I also didn’t know that my cat had purpose….. just thought that she was randomly annoying when I wanted to sleep!!!

    My father has Parkinsons. I’m a big fan of physical therapy, having had it help me with some range of movement issues. After many years of dealing with his PD (he’s now 92), he finally went for his first session with a physical therapist just last week and — lo and behold, much to his surprise — the professionals had something beneficial to offer him. He’s quite please with the advice and exercises they recommended. He’s also doing Chi-Gong at home (with my mother who is 87) and says that it helps him with the Parkinsons. (Chi-Gong and Tai Chi are recommended by the National Parkinson Foundation.)

  6. Bruce- What a wonderful idea. I look forward to reading about your thoughts and experiences. You have always been a person with great communication (and people) skills. Buena suerte, mi amigo.

  7. Hi Bruce – Your blog is wonderful! Thank you for this glimpse into your world! I really enjoyed myself looking around and will definitely be stopping by again!
    – Jen 🙂

  8. Bruce, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog. I have had PD for approx 12 years. Continue your great work. It does help others and that is what it is all about. Take care!!

  9. My husband’s PD keeps me company and makes me look around and travel the internet. That’s how I learned about your book . I’m going to read it soon. This blog is wonderful. Congratulations!

  10. Great Daily Writing Prompt: “Painting is poetry that is seen post, in a similar regard please read this article I came across today parkingsuns.com or Adrian . Thank you for sharing. [poetry writing websites]

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