These are the central challenges of my existence with Parkinson's: how to engage in the daily struggles for every bit of normal life possible, always hoping for a cure to be found and used, while trying to minimize personal stress, anxiety, and the specter of humiliation that taunts me at every turn. There are days that I would swear this illness has a will and an agenda. That it has a plan to dismantle my life completely, from standards of personal hygiene to my closest relationships. I know it is not a character driven by intent. I know this is a disease with no known cause; that it sunk roots into my brain maybe ten or twenty years before it was discovered or suspected. Being hit with a case of Parkinson's disease may be as random as being hit with a meteor, I've never calculated the odds, but even though the meteor would hit faster the destruction caused by Parkinson's will likely prove to be no less devastating, unless...
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