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

    Characterized by the death of brain cells, Parkinson’s disease causes tremors, slowness of movement, balance issues, and limb stiffness. The cause is unknown and there is no cure, but there are treatments available.

    Despite the challenges they face, patients and caregivers alike are blogging their ordeals, sharing both 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 18 years ago and had Deep Brain Stimulation surgery for Parkinson's disease 9 years ago. Kelsall shares her personal experiences in an engaging and witty tone on her blog at Shake, Rattle and Roll. The blog contains an interesting mix of posts that are always educational.

  • Parkinson’s Recovery

    Parkinson’s Recovery

    Robert Rodgers, Ph.D. 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 this 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 fifty 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 news and research.

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

  • Off and On: The Alaska Parkinson’s Rag

    Off and On: The Alaska Parkinson’s Rag

    Off and On: The Alaskan 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 science and medicine.

  • Walking My Path with Parkinson’s

    Walking My Path with Parkinson’s

    Marian is a happily married mother of a 25-year-old son, and the author of Walking My Path with Parkinson’s. Marian considers herself a lucky lady, despite her Parkinson’s diagnosis in 2006. She chronicles life as she’s come to know it with soul-bearing posts and humor in her blog. “If this is Parkinson's disease, he can have it back,” she quips.

  • Studio Foxhoven

    Studio Foxhoven

    After spending 18 years as a kindergarten teacher, Terri Reinhart has since become 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, 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.

  • LIM Yoga

    LIM Yoga

    The LIM Yoga blog is written for those with Parkinson’s disease as well as other movement disorders. The blog’s author, Renee, shares her knowledge of exercise, whole body health, meditation, and relaxation. The content is a compilation of instructional, inspirational, and spiritually uplifting posts. Although it’s written for those with Parkinson’s in mind, it’s an interesting read for anyone.

  • 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 a Christian writer who shares her positive attitude and reflections on life with early onset Parkinson’s disease. Sherri 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 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, and reports and analyzes scientific breakthroughs in Parkinson’s disease. A rich resource, this blog’s archives go back as far as 2007.

  • National Young Onset Center

    National Young Onset Center

    Uniquely Young Onset is the official blog of the American Parkinson’s Disease National Young Onset Center. The site provides a way for people living with the disease to share their stories.

    In a monthly blog post, Parkinson’s coach Dr. Paul Short shares pointers on how to manage life with the disease. Get a range of tips—from how to fire your physician to defining the nuances that are peculiar to young onset Parkinson’s disease.

  • The Journey

    The Journey

    Nevada mom Stephanie Parker has her hands full. She chronicles her life homeschooling a son with Asperger’s 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 therapies commonly prescribed to Parkinson’s patients begin losing their effectiveness, patients 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 Common Thread

    A Common Thread

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