I’ve lost confidence shuffling along my Parkinson’s path for the past 12 years. Now and again, I challenge myself to do something that was easy in the past, but has become more complicated with PD. I now consider traveling alone to be challenging for me (as compared to traveling with my husband, Tom).
A couple of weeks ago, I traveled to
I drove to the Park and Ride and took the Sky-Ride bus to the
I schlepped my luggage from the bus to the ticket counter.
I used Frontier’s self-serve computerized check-in and walked to the security gate.
I had a full body pat-down because of the deep brain stimulator to my brain.
I flew to
I picked up my luggage at the baggage claim, found the bus to the car rental, rented a bigger car than I am accustomed to and drove to a motel in
I visited my family and friends, attended my nephews’ graduation and completed a 5 K walk sponsored by the Parkinson Foundation of the Heartland.
Several days later, I flew from
In my pre-Parkinson’s days, traveling alone was unremarkable and uneventful. Twelve years into Parkinson’s, traveling alone has become a big deal. Taking up this challenge has increased my confidence and self-esteem. Knowing that I am capable of traveling alone has given me a sense of competence and independence.
I took up the challenge, and I’m glad that I did!