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The poker tournament was a success!! Money was raised and people had a good time. Someone provided a few pictures so have look at the poker tournament page to see if you are one of the lucky few to get into the pix.


This poem was written by one of our own, Carol Peplinski. Enjoy!

STILL

You rob me of my voice, I still speak

You rob me of my rhythm, I still dance.

You rob me of my taste, I still eat

You rob me of my sense of smell, I still appreciate the roses.

You rob me of my leg muscle strength, I still walk

You rob me of my ability to hold a pen, I still write.

You rob me of my balance, I still practice yoga

You rob me of my happiness, I still smile.

You rob me of my swallow, I still drink

You rob me of my brain cells, I still think.

Parkinson’s, you are a Robber Baron, but I am still the keeper of this beautiful body.

By Carol Peplinski,

a PD survivor since 2008.


Robert Cochrane, the Director/Producer of the film “Boys of Summer” is screening his latest documentary, “Boys of Summer – Second Base” in the Oak Room at the Walnut Creek Library on May 27th at 6PM.  Seating is limited at the venue so you should RSVP to bosdocumentary@gmail.com as soon as you can. There is a suggested donation of $10.00.

This film is the second in a series of six. The first “Boys of Summer” was shot in 2004 and released in 2006. It follows Robert’s dad, who has Parkinson’s Disease, and Robert as they road-tripped 20,000 miles in two months to see a game at each of the 30 MLB stadiums on less than a shoestring budget. It can be seen here (for free).

“Boys of Summer – Second Base” picks up ten years later as the promise we heard about a cure for Parkinson’s Disease within 10 years never materialized. The great news is, my dad is still fighting – as he shows in the film. He’s also a grandfather now and is passing his love for the game on.

Visit the website to learn more about the project and films. http://www.bosmovie.com. You can also see the trailer there.

If you have any questions regarding the film or the screening, you can contact Robert Cochrane at 702-575-8841.

Let’s get out and support this film. Who’s bringing the popcorn??


Here’s a new book in the library that you can find at this month’s meeting. Abraham is always looking for new and interesting books and publications related to Parkinson’s disease, research and treatment. He has a number of titles available, some of which are free and you can keep. Others are available for check out. Stop in to see what else is new and say hello.

Reverse Parkinson’s Disease

by John Pepper

“John Pepper was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1992. After only six years of regular, energetic exercise, which has since been proven to slow down or even reverse Pd, and taking medication, which has also since been proven to slow down or reverse Pd, he no longer appears to have Pd, although he still has many of the symptoms. During the first ten years, if he stopped either the exercise or the medication, his symptom
s soon returned. He does not claim to be cured, but he is able to lead a normal life today. His positive attitude and determination to stay ahead of this terrifying condition highlight a new approach to dealing with Pd. John’s story is a portrayal of courage, showing the power of focusing on and being committed to one’s beliefs. One can greatly admire his determination and self-motivation, as seen in his conscious efforts to correct and adjust his movements, which in itself is no small achievement. His positive attitude has been further enhanced by the warm and encouraging support of his wife, Shirley, and family. This close family relationship has been a positive factor in helping John cope with his disability.” –Publisher description.


Bill Clinch wrote about his time at the Michael J. Fox forum in Washington, D.C. Check it out in the posts along the right side of the page.


We have a new book in the library that you may be interested in. Please see the description below as it is the second edition and there have been some updates from the first edition. You can find this book at the next meeting on the library table.

The New Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Book

Partnering with Your Doctor To Get the Most from Your Medications

Second Edition

J. Eric Ahlskog, PhD, M

  • The definitive guide for Parkinson’s Disease patients and their families
  • Offers a crystal-clear, nuts-and-bolts approach to the treatment of PD
  • Distilled from the author’s nearly thirty years of experience as a clinician and researcher
  • Educates patients so that they can better team up with their doctors to do battle with the disease, streamlining the decision-making process and enhancing their treatment

New to this Edition:

  • Updated chapters help patients and their caregivers develop a basic, core understanding of the diagnosis, treatment, course, and likely complications of the disease
  • Thoroughly revised to reflect new protocols for medications
  • The Second Edition also contains new information about the genetic and hereditary pattern of the disease; the effects of fluctuating hormones on disease symptoms; and other cutting-edge research.

The Poker Tournament is coming in June! Register now for the early bird special of your first re-buy for free. That’s a $20.00 value. But you have to register AND pay the registration donation before April 1 for the early bird special. You can still register after that right up to the day of the event. Click here for the link to the page.


Good news! The Parkinson’s Network of Mount Diablo now takes membership dues and donations via credit card and PayPal on the website. You can become a member, renew a membership or make a donation online easier than ever before. See our new Join or Renew page by clicking this link. See the new Donate! page with this link.

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