The Best Parkinson's Blogs of 2015
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Best Parkinson’s Blogs of the Year

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  • Best Parkinson’s Blogs of the Year

    Best Parkinson’s Blogs of the Year

    Parkinson’s disease is characterized by the death of brain cells, especially brain cells that produce dopamine. This leads to tremors, slowness of movement, balance difficulties, and limb stiffness. The cause is unknown and there is no permanent cure, but there are treatments available.

    Despite the challenges they face, people with Parkinson’s disease and caregivers alike are blogging about their ordeals, and they’re sharing valuable information and inspiration along the way. This compilation of the best Parkinson’s blogs is sure to lift your spirits.

  • Shake, Rattle and Roll

    Shake, Rattle and Roll

    Kate Kelsall is a jazz-loving accordionist who lives with her husband of 40 years and a rescue dog named Rusty. She was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease nearly two decades ago and had deep brain stimulation surgery about 10 years ago. Kelsall shares her personal experiences in an engaging and witty tone on her blog Shake, Rattle, and Roll. The blog contains an interesting mix of posts that are always educational.

  • Parkinson’s Recovery

    Parkinson’s Recovery

    Robert Rodgers is the man behind the curtain at Parkinson’s Recovery. He started his site in 2004 after losing his mother to the disease. Rodgers’ mission is “to provide support, information, and resources to families with a member currently experiencing the symptoms of Parkinson’s.”

    Rodgers holds the belief that the body knows how to heal itself, but sometimes it needs a little help. Check out his blog for a deep dive into natural therapies.

  • What’s Hot in PD?

    What’s Hot in PD?

    The National Parkinson’s Foundation (NPF) has “focused on meeting the needs in the care and treatment of people with Parkinson’s disease” for over 50 years. The organization’s blog, What’s Hot in PD?, is a monthly column written by NPF medical director Dr. Michael Okun. It covers the latest in Parkinson’s disease news and research. 

    Okun’s articles are written with Parkinson’s patients in mind. This blog is a valuable source for those living with the disease, as well as for their caregivers.

  • Off and On: The Alaska Parkinson’s Rag

    Off and On: The Alaska Parkinson’s Rag

    Off and On: The Alaska Parkinson’s Rag began as a blog for a local Parkinson’s support group in Anchorage, Alaska, to share details about upcoming events. Since then, it has evolved into a “therapeutic hobby” for its author, Peter Dunlap-Shohl, a cartoonist for the Anchorage Daily News.

    The blog is an addictive mix of posts that showcase the author’s artistic talents, cutting-edge wit, and easy-to-digest data on the science and medicine surrounding Parkinson’s disease.

  • Studio Foxhoven

    Studio Foxhoven

    After spending 18 years as a kindergarten teacher, Terri Reinhart became an avid practitioner of a whole slew of crafts that range from broom making to bookbinding. Her blog, Studio Foxhoven, exemplifies how life after a Parkinson’s diagnosis can still be rich and meaningful.

  • On Being a Christian With Parkinson’s Disease

    On Being a Christian With Parkinson’s Disease

    Life with a chronic, debilitating, and incurable disease like Parkinson’s can sometimes lead one to question their faith. Anna demonstrates how a strong belief in God has guided her path and given her strength in the face of her illness. Find inspiration in her words and appreciate the beauty of the watercolor art she shares in her blog, On Being a Christian with Parkinson’s Disease.

  • Sitting Comfortably?

    Sitting Comfortably?

    Andy Daly refuses to let his diagnosis define him. Instead, this “humorous, sometimes happy, occasionally sad, but always human” blogger pilots us on an exquisite voyage through his creative process. Daly’s poems, essays, and short stories are interspersed with commentary on life around him in his witty and well-crafted blog, Sitting Comfortably? 

    Not every blog has to educate and inform with facts. Sometimes showing us how to live despite chronic disease can be the most precious lesson of all.

  • Parkinson’s Journey

    Parkinson’s Journey

    Sherri Woodbridge is a mother and grandmother who loves gardening and chocolate mint ice cream. She’s also a Christian writer who shares her positive attitude and reflections on life with early onset Parkinson’s disease. Woodbridge describes what it’s like to live with the disease, drawing clear and vivid pictures with her words in short, relatable posts on her blog, Parkinson’s Journey.

  • The Michael J. Fox Foundation

    The Michael J. Fox Foundation

    Actor Michael J. Fox, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, has done much to raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s research. The official blog of The Michael J. Fox Foundation keeps you up to date on the latest news in research. It showcases the many creative fundraising efforts of supporters. It also reports and analyzes scientific breakthroughs in Parkinson’s disease. A rich resource, this blog’s archives go back as far as 2007.

  • The Journey

    The Journey

    Nevada mom Stephanie Parker has her hands full. She chronicles her life home-schooling a son with Asperger syndrome while dealing with early onset Parkinson’s disease in her blog simply titled The Journey.

    An eclectic mix of gluten-free recipes, tips on disease management, freely shared music lessons, and life with chronic illness, Parker’s blog will entertain, enlighten, and elevate your soul.

  • Wearing Off

    Wearing Off

    When levodopa therapy commonly prescribed to people who have Parkinson’s begins losing its effectiveness, people experience a fading effect known as “wearing off.” The Wearing Off website is full of educational resources about Parkinson’s disease and medications to treat it.

    The blog, funded by Orion Pharma, showcases multiple contributing writers who share vignettes of their personal Parkinson’s journeys.

  • A Soft Voice in a Noisy World

    A Soft Voice in a Noisy World

    You may have heard about Karl Robb in the news; he’s been a passionate advocate of patients with Parkinson’s disease for over two decades. Robb and his wife are the recipients of many national awards for their work in raising awareness for Parkinson’s disease. A Soft Voice in a Noisy World is the home of Karl’s blog, which highlights individual patient triumphs and addresses policy and treatment issues. Karl’s tone is always inspirational and well-informed.

  • Parkinson’s Humor

    Parkinson’s Humor

    Check out this blog for at least a laugh a day if not more. You’ll join over a quarter of a million visitors who have been laughing at Parkinson’s (and life) since Parkinson’s Humor published its first post in 2011. Blogger Bev Ribaudo is not going to let anything take away her sense of humor.

  • Shaky Paws Grampa

    Shaky Paws Grampa

    Kirk Hall hasn’t let Parkinson’s stop him from doing hardly anything. This self-named Shaky Paws Grampa is author of the children’s books “Carson and His Shaky Paws Grampa” and “Carina and Her Care Partner Gramma.” Hall shares tales of his condition with the philosophy that people with Parkinson’s get at least as much understanding, if not more, when they discuss the condition with peers than they do from a doctor. Read this blog for useful insight and information, and for a regular dose of inspiration from the irrepressible Hall. 

  • A Common Thread

    A Common Thread

    Being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease can be a scary and uncertain time. All of these blogs, as diverse as they are, have one thing in common: They give hope to those living with Parkinson’s. Read them and feel the reassurance that it is possible to live a full and happy life in the face of a severe, chronic illness.