What the Spouse or Close Partner of Someone Diagnosed with Parkinson's Should Know

What the Spouse or Close Partner of Someone Diagnosed with Parkinson's Should Know

If your life partner gets diagnosed with Parkinson’s, you’re in for the ride, and if you don’t learn how to best face this diagnosis head-on together, your days and years moving forward will be much more challenging than they need to be. Today we’re covering the 8 things you need to know if you’re spouse or close partner has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson's Caregiver Tips - Laying the Groundwork Early After Diagnosis

Parkinson's Caregiver Tips - Laying the Groundwork Early After Diagnosis

Has someone you care about recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease? Are you wondering how you - as a spouse, partner, or family member - can step into the caregiver role and what you should expect in the days, months, and years ahead? Today we’re talking about how to lay the groundwork early after a Parkinson’s diagnosis to ensure you, as a caregiver, and your loved one can move forward together in an effective and powerful way.

Parkinson's Caregiver Burnout: Handling Grief, Anxiety, and Depression

Parkinson's Caregiver Burnout: Handling Grief, Anxiety, and Depression

Are you a caring for someone with Parkinson’s, and experiencing feelings of sadness, anger, forgetfulness, isolation, and depression? While these are typically considered symptoms of “caregiver burnout”, they can also indicate that you are be experiencing grief. One of the biggest myths about grief is that it only follows a death. The truth is that grief can show up long before death arrives and can often be triggered the moment a Parkinson’s diagnosis is delivered, for both you and your loved one with Parkinson’s.

Special Interview with Colin Potter from Fight-Parkinsons.org

 
Colin Potter Sarah King Parkinson's Interview
 

Are you looking for some options to treat your Parkinson's symptoms that go beyond simply taking more medication?

Are you skeptical that adding a regular exercise program, or switching up your diet can actually make a dent in your symptoms?

If so, I have a special treat for you today. 

Colin Potter, founder of Fight-Parkinsons.org, has been diagnosed with Parkinson's since 2011, after 3 years of progressive symptoms.

At age 61, his symptoms had progressed to a point where he was dragging his feet, not swinging his arm, his writing was small, and his rigidity was so intense it would take over 20 minutes just to get out of bed in the morning. 

As he worsened, he wondered:

"Is this it? Is Parkinson's going to be the end of me?"

Fortunately, he decided it wouldn't, and set out on a journey to find answers that the medical community couldn't give him.

What he found was how significantly our daily lifestyle and environment contributed to neurological system disruption. 

I've spoken with Colin before about how he began changing his nutrition, supplementation, exercise program, and focusing on toxin elimination to help him reverse a large portion of his symptoms.  

In this interview, I brought Colin back on for an interview to talk more about his journey and what specific steps he took to regain a feeling of freedom and empowerment in his life, despite his diagnosis. 

 

Press play above to watch. Closed captions available (Click on "CC" at the bottom right).

 

Here's an outline of what we covered (with time indicators so you can go directly to what you're interested in)

3:00 - Quick Disclaimer from Sarah (This is NOT medical advice!)

7:30 - Colin’s Background - self-employed problem-solver

10:00 - Colin’s initial symptoms (3 years before official diagnosis)

12:55 - When Colin started taking medication

14:14 - The gift Colin received that changed everything

15:50 - The #1 thing Colin learned initially that launched his journey (hint: it’s at the heart of most chronic diseases)

19:04 - Peek into Colin’s diet

21:30 - How long it took for him to start seeing results (and his transition off medication)

24:00 - Colin’s advice on where to start with nutrition, exercise, supplementation, and toxin elimination upgrades

25:55 - How Colin developed an optimistic mindset and how he stays motivated to keep fighting

28:00 - What Colin’s able to do now physically that he couldn’t do 4 years ago 

29:27 - The role of exercise in Colin’s recovery plan 

31:49 - Colin’s #1 Reading recommendation 

34:53 - Colin’s supplementation program - then and now

38: 55 - The physician who Colin sees primarily to help him guide his natural treatment program (and their plan of attack)

45:20 - A recent victory that Colin was very excited about! 

47:30 - Q&A: Steps that Colin recommends when just starting out on your journey

55:55 - Answer to the question "Do I have to go 100% for these efforts to be worth it?"

 1:00:10 - Constipation, Urinary Frequency, and Colon Hydrotherapy… oh my!

1:09:50 - The role of medication in a thriving Parkinson's recovery program

Resources We Mentioned


You can thrive, despite your diagnosis.

Have you been diagnosed with Parkinson's and want to start taking powerful steps to address your symptoms without taking more medication?

Snag a free copy of Sarah's "Parkinson’s Plan of Attack Foundations Checklist” below to start your journey today.

Parkinson’s Dystonia: A Bookmarkable Guide

Parkinson’s Dystonia: A Bookmarkable Guide

I'd like to take a few moments to answer all of your questions about Parkinson's dystonia: What is dystonia? How is dystonia different from Parkinson's? Who treats dystonia? What causes dystonia in Parkinson's? Does medication cause dystonia in Parkinson's? What treatment options are there for dystonia? What makes dystonia worse? ... and more! Bookmark this page for future reference as it's updated often.

Recapping Lessons Learned from DAY 1 of the 4th World Parkinson Congress

Recapping Lessons Learned from DAY 1 of the 4th World Parkinson Congress

Dr. Sarah King, PT, DPT from Invigorate Physical Therapy and Wellness attended the 4th World Parkinson Congress in Portland, Oregon and did a full recap at the end of each day. Today's topic: Building Your Healthcare Team to Serve YOU. Watch, listen, and learn!

How to get Unstuck from a Parkinson's Freezing Episode - The "5S" Method

How to get Unstuck from a Parkinson's Freezing Episode - The "5S" Method

There's nothing more frustrating than feeling like you're stuck in place and, for one in 3 people with Parkinson's, it happens all too often. Learning how to overcome an episode of freezing can be a liberating skill to have and this week we boil it down to something I like to call: The 5-S Method.