Yes, it has happened again. The resilience and resourcefulness of families never ceases to amaze me, even after 34 years of being a therapist!
I have met two couples over the past few months who have been coping with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) for 33 years. Holy cow! That is as long as I have been married. I wonder if I could have survived 33 years married to a PD spouse. Kate, my wife, has only had PD for 12 years. Welcome to boomer longevity, PD not withstanding. I guess we are just getting started.
How can these unique people be so loyal and enduring for 33 years? It must take one very special partner with patience, strength and commitment that is off the chart. I applaud these individuals who have set the bar quite high for the rest of us mere mortals. I am not sure if I can match their feat or if I really want to. Their solution might not fit the challenge PD is giving me. Perhaps an assisted living facility at some point in the future for Kate will be necessary to keep my sanity intact.
Although the PD road is steep and treacherous, I am coping with our PD journey just one day at a time.
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