Vancouver’s Porridge For Parkinson’s Fundraiser Is On Sunday, November 16

Marg Meikle, the founder of Porridge For Parkinson’s, passed away in December 2013.  Dearly missed, Marg’s legacy lives on, and so does the search for a cure for this neurodegenerative disease. Join her family, friends and community at this year’s 13th annual fundraiser on Sunday, November 18th, 8:30 am to noon, 3461 W. 3rd Ave. If you can’t be there in person, you can donate on line.

 

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Lunch with Margaret Trudeau at Mental Health Event in Vancouver: Thursday, November 6

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Did you know that 500,000 Canadians will not go to work today because of mental illness? This greatly impacts the people with mental health issues, their families and communities. It also hurts the bottom line of businesses. Enter The Economic Club of Canada and Lundbeck Canada. Together, they’ve begun a national mental wellness corporate challenge that will help raise awareness, increase dialogue and reduce the stigma of mental illness in the workplace.
WELLth Management: Mental Health at Work Challenge presents Margaret Trudeau, Ed Mantler, Dr. Raymond Lam, and other mental health panelists for lunch this Thursday, November 6, 2014 at Vancouver’s Westin Bayshore Hotel. Register here.

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Dear Generic Medication Side-Effects

I’d rather have a side salad or a side of beef
ride sidesaddle wearing a fig leaf
grow sideburns sideways to my teeth
oh…what I’d do for a little relief
Yours Truly,
Robyn’s Brain
(recovering from adverse reaction to Bupropion XL generic version of Wellbutrin

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Today’s Big Pharma Forecast For Robyn Michele Levy’s Brain

Today is a teary new day in your neurodegenerative life!  Your brain chemistry — particularly your dopamine levels — are seriously depleted. Contact neuropsychiatrist. Maintain current  medication regime. Remember you can’t do everything for everyone. Blow your nose.  Rest.

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Let Love In Haiku

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take two bliss kisses
tender centre surrender
mesmerize by heart

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Downsizing Haiku

Home Bittersweet Home
my downsizing sighs
belong where belongings were
empty rooms move me

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The Story Behind “Parkinson’s Scrabble” — Limited Edition Print by Robyn Michele Levy

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Parkinson’s disease is complicated. It’s a brain disease, a movement disorder, a lifetime affliction. There is no cure, but plenty of curiosity since Robin Williams’ wife revealed he was in the early stage of Parkinson’s. While creating this artwork, I wanted to highlight some key words that describe how I feel and what I deal with since my diagnosis. I also wanted to spark conversations and awareness in doctor offices and waiting rooms, movement disorder clinics and anywhere this print is displayed. Parkinson’s Scrabble is a game I play — as do approximately 6.3 million other people in the world.

This limited edition fine art print is available in 2 sizes:
medium print on 13″ X 19″ paper $115.00/each (unframed)
large print on 24″ X 36″ paper $225.00/each (unframed)

To inquire about ordering this print, email   robynmlevy (at) gmail.com

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Sad To Hear Robin Williams had Parkinson’s Disease

On RadioThe latest news about Robin Williams is that he had early stage Parkinson’s. His wife, Susan Schneider said “her husband had been sober but “not yet ready to share publicly” his struggles with Parkinson’s…he had also been suffering from anxiety and depression.” This BBC article, like so many other news sources describe Parkinson’s Disease as a degenerative neurological disorder/disease and list the following symptoms: tremors and other uncontrollable movements, impaired balance and co-ordination, stiffness, slowness of movement, loss of smell, a decline in intellectual functioning, and speech and swallowing problems. But that isn’t the whole picture. Approximately 50% of PD patients suffer mental health symptoms which include depression and anxiety (I’m one of those 50%). We experience depression and anxiety not because we are bummed out from having this disease. Our depression and anxiety are symptoms of the neurological changes and chemical imbalances in our brain. Considering Robin Williams was dealing with addiction and PD  depression and anxiety — there’s no doubt in my mind that he was engulfed in suffering.

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In The Wake Of Robin Williams’ Death, Consider These Words Of Wisdom About Suicide

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As the world mourns the loss of Robin Williams, I have been struggling to write something relevant, something profound.   And then I found this quote:
“Killing oneself is, anyway, a misnomer. We don’t kill ourselves. We are simply defeated by the long, hard struggle to stay alive. When somebody dies after a long illness, people are apt to say, with a note of approval, “He fought so hard.” And they are inclined to think, about a suicide, that no fight was involved, that somebody simply gave up. This is quite wrong.”
Sally Brampton, Shoot The Damn Dog: A Memoir Of Depression

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Robyn Michele Levy’s Recipe for Dealing with Disaster

Serve with endless supply of unconditional love.
*Recipe is also helpful when at a crossroads in life

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