One of the main challenges for me in living with Parkinson’s is dealing with the fatigue that plagues me all day long. A Michael J Fox Parkinson’s internet sight has this to say about Parkinson’s and fatigue. “One of Parkinson’s more insidious symptoms is fatigue. This is not your garden variety bone-tired. This is fatigue on a cellular level. Your body is working overtime to accomplish the simplest of tasks: Taking a shower, answering the phone, pouring orange juice. In addition, you may be coping with the combination of possible cognitive problems knows as “Parkinson’s apathy”. These problems include difficulty initiating projects, inability to follow complex instructions, short-term memory loss and difficulty in switching gears midstream.”

I cope with this with 70 minutes of stationary bicycle riding every day, and staying super busy so I am forced to push through the weariness issue. It is very much a mental issue so staying positive is very important and not allowing myself to think “boy I am tired”, or “poor me”. I do this by memorizing Bible verses and meditating on them until they have shaped my thinking and attitude. Philippians 4:4-9 is such a set of verses that I use much of the day to keep me up, positive, and happy. “Rejoice always, again I say rejoice, let your gentle spirit be know to all men, the Lord is near… whatever things are lovely, whatever things are wholesome, …think on these things”.

I can choose how I think, so I will think as a champion, and as a winner for God.

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