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Dear Parkinson’s, Here’s A Surprising Thank You Note For You

Parkinson's disease is not easy to live with, but it also taught this author the value of her own self. Here's what she wants to thank Parkinson's for...

I can’t believe I am writing you a thank you note, but let’s just say that you’ve made life interesting, shall we?

Thank you Parkinson’s for you made me fearless. I used to be conscious, self-conscious to be precise, of the way I looked, the way I spoke, the way I sang, the way I danced. But now I don’t care. And it’s all thanks to you.

You made me realise the absolute ability and beauty of my body and taught me that it can change overnight. You helped me understand the importance of the self, a notion that we are often taught to de-prioritise thanks to the warped socialisation process. So thank you.

It is only because of you that I have renewed self-confidence, something that people would not have associated with me say 10 years ago.You’ve taught me how to live in the moment, to appreciate the ordinary things for they are in fact the extraordinary things when you look back in retrospect .

I learnt this the hard way of course but then isn’t that what you taught me too ? To be grateful?

Also before I forget, Parkinson’s, you’ve taught me patience, loads of patience. Eating a damn  meal with cutlery has become cumbersome these days but when I am able to do that with oodles of patience, I am ecstatic. So thank you for this virtue that I thought I would never have mastered in this life at least.

Finally you taught me the value of time and how we need to make the most of it. So here’s me trying to live every moment to its fullest because I just cannot trust tomorrow.

Your Young Warrior

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Snehal is a freelance writer and poet based in London with her husband and two young children. Her writing primarily reflects her motherhood journey, memories of her own childhood and the essence of everyday moments. read more...

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