I enjoy the glow of proud and active warrior spirits in our midst. Just as often, I’m inspired by the quiet ones who cannot run, cycle, lift or punch at this time.

Our strength is not limited to our current level of physical capability. I see you. I know struggle, and excruciating pain, and you ARE strong!

We take turns hurting, and we can still help when dealing with our own pain. It’s not a linear process- our healing. We take turns carrying one another in our support groups.

Depending upon my level of wellness, I’m willing to play either role for Parkinson’s awareness. After surgery and a long tedious recovery, I’m further humbled. There are equal amounts of agony and ecstasy.

Photo: Goofing around with Sam, who is an extraordinary woman who does not have Parkinson’s, but understands the struggle.