Reflections on Fantastic #Parkinson Optimism Summit in Tuscon, Arizona

colour change cactus Animation1Physically I arrived home last week, but emotionally I haven’t landed yet. I’m still there — in the Tuscon desert — my heart open with gratitude for this tender, brave community finding me, inviting me. Thank you APDA Arizona!

 

 

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Robyn Michele Levy is a Keynote Speaker at #Parkinson’s Optimism Summit in Tuscon, Arizona March 14, 2015

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Lately, I’ve been too busy to blog. But now that my TO DO LISTS are almost all done, I can share some exciting news. On Saturday, March 14th I will be a Keynote Speaker at the Power Over Parkinson’s – Optimism Summit — organized by the Arizona Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association. The Optimism Summit takes place at Tuscon’s beautiful Westward Look Resort & Spa. It starts 9:30 Saturday morning and continues through Sunday afternoon. If you plan on attending, I hope you introduce yourself to me. Just not during nap time. There’s still time to register.

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Making a splash with my #oneword to guide me in 2015

ms mast swims Animation2Last week I visited my friend Cyndee’s blog. Instead of making New Year resolutions, she selected one word — “DO” — to guide her professionally and personally throughout 2015. Inspired, this got me thinking about which word I’d choose. Reflecting on recent events in my neurodegenarating life, it was a no-brainer: the word “GO”. Here’s why: I GO swimming! (my favourite exercise I quit 7 years ago when I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and breast cancer).

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Parkinson’s Breakthrough! Cougar Trial Finder Extracts Dopamine from Disgraced Dalhousie Dental Students

dopamine Animation1OK, it was just a dream — but if you ask me, those misogynistic dentistry students at Dalhousie University have way too much dopamine flowing in their brains. I say round ‘em up, shave their heads, and extract some of those surplus neurotransmitters for people with Parkinson’s disease.

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Somewhere In The Rainbow: Sean Rossiter — Beloved Vancouver writer

1946 – January 5, 2015

Sean Rossiter
writer, illustrator, hockey goalie, son, brother, husband, father, friend, Parkinson warrior
May he rest in peace

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Happy Noisy New Year Haiku

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who knows the new noise
you’ll yell YELL
breaking out of your New Year’s shell

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My Merry Medicated Christmas Message to Everyone

 merry Animation1Wishing you all a loving & uplifting season!

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Postcard from David Sedaris! Best book blurb ever!

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“I accidently left your book [Most Of Me] in the seat back of an airplane the day after I got it. I liked the first page though.”

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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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