August 2022: Robert Collier was an American author of self-help books in the 20th century. The nephew of Peter Fenelon Collier, founder of Collier’s Weekly, he wrote about the practical psychology of abundance, desire, faith, confident action, and becoming your best.
“Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out.”
“If you don’t make things happen, then things will happen to you.”
“If you procrastinate when faced with a big, difficult problem, break the problem into parts and handle one part at a time.”
We draw a parallel from his reflections with the need for visualizing the challenging Parkinson’s journey no one wants to take and continuing to create goals that provide a rewarding quality of life.
As the 2019 COVID outbreak and its variant strains became a global pandemic, individuals, families, businesses and organizations faced a crisis of unprecedented, life-altering proportions. Our North Shore class locations were closed for public use and our local Parkinson’s communities were without the in-person opportunities for creating healthy ways to fight back against their daily challenges.
Our team collaborated on ways to continue providing weekly programs and created live online classes via ZOOM links, as well as recorded videos. Now, almost two years later, we have resumed a number of our in-person classes and also continue offering Zoom and recorded programs. Our participants have sent many messages sharing their gratitude for what we provide…and their undaunted spirit to maintain healthy lives shines in them! We are pleased to share a few of their comments with you.
“The Zoom classes saved my husband through COVID. They continue to give his days form and function. He looks forward to each meeting and tells me how they were different and what was covered…. The silver lining of COVID has been ‘bringing the mountain to Muhammed’. So many with Parkinson’s can’t get to in-person classes and ZOOM has helped them participate, too. I am so very thankful for the classes. They have been a lifeline for us.”
“The newsletters make me feel more connected. They are very helpful letting us know of other resources that are available to us and highlighting good programs, seminars, etc.”
“These ZOOM classes have been a blessing. I enjoy seeing everyone without actually being in person! These classes have helped get me through the past two difficult years.”
“All of these classes, with the excellent instructors, keep us moving and all is possible because of wonderful newsletters sent in a timely basis. They (Parkinson’s Fitness) are a wonderful resource for those of us coping with this challenging disease!
“I am newly diagnosed, and Sally’s class inspires and motivates me in my effort to combat Parkinson’s disease.”
“I have participated in both live and ZOOM classes and am amazed how Dianna handles both together so well. Both are fun but I really enjoy the live class because of the interaction in person. I do like the idea of having the option, just in case I can’t for some reason make it in person to the class.”
“Kim is so encouraging and expressive! For a long time, my computer was without sound, but I could follow Kim’s actions and visual reminders.”
“Thank you for all the work and effort that you put into making this happen. It is really appreciated!”
“These programs are really important for my general well-being, especially as a source of actual human contact!”
These are but a small number of comments we have received. We appreciate all of the heartfelt messages that are being sent to us!
For a list of our weekly in-person and live online ZOOM classes and recorded videos, click here.
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“Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway” – John Wayne, actor
“The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire.” – Richard Nixon, 37th U.S. President
“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.” –
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THE HAPPINESS OF PURSUIT: A FATHER’S COURAGE, A SON’S LOVE AND LIFE’S STEEPEST CLIMB
For two decades, Davis Phinney was one of America’s most successful cyclists. He won two stages at the Tour de France and an Olympic medal. But after years of feeling off, he was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s. This is Davis’s personal and remarkable story, available through amazon.com.
This 102-page book is a candid personal guideline shared by author Hal Newsom, who lived with the daily challenges of his own Parkinson’s condition. He outlines the four basics of hope from his title acronym in the following way: H.O.P.E. = Help, Optimism, Physician, and Exercise. In his words, his story is “not a lecture on what you should do, but merely an insight into what is working for a fellow Parkinson’s Person”.
Books can be purchased through amazon.com