Recently I was given the label of Parkinson's disease. It has drastically altered how I support myself. After 35 years in practice as a massage therapist the tremors anad weakness in my hands make it impossible to do the work I love. My voice is weak and unreliable which prevents me from public speaking, teaching and counseling. People have a hard time understanding what I am saying, especially on the phone. My days used to be filled with the joy of singing. The loss of the sound of my voice is a deep wound. And yet...
I believe in the possibility of healing. I have witnessed this power in myself and in others. I believe that when I make the commitment to healing the methods to achieve that healing will present themselves. And, in my case, they have. There are people who are living with the diagnosis of Parkinson's who are symptom free bcause of their commitment to the healing modalities of:
Focused commitment to exercise
It is essential that I begin this program as soon as possible to begin to reorganize the neurological pattern already in process. I have already have a regular program of yoga which has been modified to accomodate the loss of muscle strength and balance. I know I have the ability to immerse myself in this healing process, to open to expand into even greater health, to embrace my body's ability to regain strength, stilnesss and clear, joyful expression and to serve as an example for others who seek their freedom from the limitations of what they are told is a chronic, progressive disease. I believe I can be symptom free.
The cost of 1 year of focused treatments will be:
$4000 - 14 day Qijong healing retreat in New Mexico
$450 - Physical therapy program designed for
those labeled with Parkinson's - 16 visits over 4
weeks - Medicare pays for al but $28 per visit
$600 - weekly Qijong class for 1 year @$50 per month
$1200 - Nutritional therapy at $100 per mos.
$600 - Massage once a month at $50 per treatment
$2400 - Acupuncture for 1 year
Thank you to the generous loving people in my healing community have volunteered their skills. When I exceed the total amount of the expenses listed here, it will be my great pleasure to give back the those who have given their loving support.