My daughters’ journey as caregivers for someone with Parkinson’s Disease.
We wanted to talk about the emotional and mental effects of Parkinson’s, because the mental health of both the patient and caregivers can have so much influence on symptoms. Not only are symptoms increased when negative emotions run rampant, but the disease itself causes so much pain and confusion, creating a “vicious cycle.”
When H and I(M) visit our grandma, we usually go with a mixture of anxiety and joy. We love this wonderful woman who raised us, so much! She is an amazing person. Some of her best attributes include humor, strength, wisdom, liveliness, generosity, and spunk. However, these qualities often become hidden behind her symptoms. On bad days, which happen more often than not now, she is exhausted and struggles to even lay down comfortably. Here eyes aren’t clear and her body will not let her rest. Where she was once eager to talk and play games, she…
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