I blog to remind others and myself that we are not alone. It is easy to feel isolated in our journey down the Parkinson’s path.
I blog for a place to go to express my fears and frustrations and to share my joys and humor with others living with Parkinson’s and Deep Brain Stimulation.
I blog to educate and inspire others and to spread awareness.
I am delighted that others have actually tagged along with me on my journey, and am honored to be recognized for my work. Caring.com stated about Shake, Rattle and Roll: “We believe that your site and story serves as a fantastic glimpse into the human experience of Parkinson's Disease and DBS, and that it provides real relief, support and hope to others going through similar experiences. We truly commend you for sharing your story.”
In addition, Caring.com recently provided the recognition when they captured my story at: http://www.caring.com/articles/shake-rattle-roll-blog
Shake, Rattle and Roll
By Carol O'Dell, Caring.com contributing editor
Last updated: February 26, 2013
"Shake, Rattle and Roll, a blog by Kate Kelsall, shares the journey of Parkinson's and DBS (deep brain stimulation), written from the perspective of the person who's being cared for. It's filled with fact and fun as she lets us in on what it's like to be on the other side of care. Kate experienced early-onset Parkinson's (at the age of 46 -- 17 years ago) and offers her blog to the caregiving community. Few of those receiving care write about their experience, and Kate opens up about her life, her marriage, and her treatment with incredible resiliency and a wicked sense of humor.
In one blog titled "Why Me," she asks the questions we all ask:
"Why not me?"
"Why her or him?"
"Why not her or him?"
She bemoans the loss of her "real" (e.g., paid) job and professional career. She whines about losing her voice, the extreme movements (or the lack of movement) caused by Parkinson's. Yet what is so amazing is that she never seems to lose sight (not for long, anyway) of her blessings, and just when the subject gets "heavy," she lightens it with something snarky -- a joke, a quip -- that reminds us all to pick up whatever life throws at us and throw it right back.”
Other Awards and Recognition Received for Shake, Rattle and Roll: http://katekelsall.typepad.com/my_weblog/2012/11/shake-rattle-and-roll-blog-awards-.html
Check out the Caring.com’s 18 Great Caregiver Stories on the Web at http://www.caring.com/articles/best-caregiver-stories-web
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