As the new year starts, I can’t help but look back to where I was a year ago. I was still reeling from the “you have Parkinson’s Disease” conversation with my doctor. I was in the midst of figuring out which meds worked for me. I was still hiding my diagnosis from all but my closest friends. I was stricken with anxiety about the battle that lay ahead. PD is a “progressive, neurodegenerative disease.” To me this said, today is the best I’m ever going to feel. I will get worse with each passing day…well, SCREW YOU PD! I don’t know exactly when it happened but at some point I decided that it didn’t have to be that way. I decided to fight back. It hasn’t been easy; in fact, it often feels like a full time job but my life depends on it. Compared to a year ago, I am less stiff, my tremors are less, my gait is better, I sleep better, my energy is greater, I am stronger, I feel healthier, my motivation is through the roof and I am helping others with PD. God is walking right beside me on this journey and I can do anything when I keep my focus on Him. I don’t know what this year will hold or what God has planned for me but I am excited to see how He is going to use me. Together we will defy the odds. Here we go 2018. Bring it on!