Meet Greg Ritscher, author of Rising Above Parkinson’s:
Husband, Father, Grandfather, Teacher, Mentor, Author, Man of Faith, Survivor, and PD Ambassador, Business Man, Consultant, “Intrapreneur”
These are all descriptors of Greg and the “On-Purpose” life he lives. Raised as an “Air Force Brat”, he has lived in many parts of the US and even abroad. This nomadic life style has led to a love of travel and meeting new people along the way. As a cancer survivor and having lived with Parkinson’s disease since 2011, Greg see part of his mission here on Earth as being a positive Ambassador for the disease. He lives his life in a “response-able” way and his mantra for life says: “Success in life is a Journey,⠀
Not a destination.⠀
Significance in life is a gift,⠀
For it brings Hope.⠀
Life is an Occasion,⠀
Rise to it!” Be on the lookout for his new book, Rising Above Parkinson’s, available SOON!⠀
6 months ago
The day started with me falling over. I sometimes think I'm lifting my left leg higher than I am. The result can be trips and falls. Worse if I'm tired or not concentrating.
This arse over tit extravaganza left me with grazes on my hand but I was fine x no need to worry my lovelies x
#Parkinsons can change #speech in several ways:
Can sound breathy or hoarse.
Mumbling or trail off
Slow speech or rapid.
Parkinson's motor symptoms, such as decreased facial expression, slowness and stooped posture, may add to speech problems. These can send incorrect non-verbal cues or impact the ability to show emotion.
Parkinson's non-motor symptoms, such as memory or thinking (cognitive) problems also can affect speech. Cognitive problems, for example, may lead to difficulty finding the right words and slower speech.
Speech problems can make it difficult to communicate with family, friends and physicians. They also can interfere with a job (if you often give presentations, for example) and limit social interactions.
There's so much uncertainty at the moment. It a terrible feeling to realise how little control we have at times
When I was first diagnosed with Parkinson's it felt like this. An uncertain future.....45 symptoms....all awful. Some really awful. No timeline. No idea which ones will arrive, how badly or when.
My sister introduced me to the term 'known unknown'. Its a bit of a head f**k, but now I just try to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Live in the moment if possible. Make the most of every day.
Anyway, its possible to live a brilliant life in uncertainty, so try to be kind to yourselves and each other x
Look Closer at Victoria, a professional dancer living with Parkinson's disease. Her message is one of gratefulness and taking it day-by-day. She urges "not to expect it to be the same way every day." See her journey with PD and the journey of others through the link in our bio.
1 month ago
ICYMI: @apda_nw – along with four of the captains from the hit @Discovery show @deadliestcatch, @fremontmischiefdistillery, @tridentseafoods, and @cameroncatering – held a special fundraiser to provide support, education and research to help people impacted by Parkinson’s disease in the Northwest. This fundraiser was in honor of Trident Seafoods Founder and Chairman Chuck Bundrandt, and raised an astonishing $350,000. APDA is thankful to Fremont Mischief Distillery, Trident Seafoods, Cameron Catering, and the four captains for their generous support and partnership that helped make this event such a success.
TOMORROW! Have any questions about #ParkinsonsDisease and #COVID19? Join us over on Facebook on Monday March, 23 at 1PM ET for a LIVE Q&A with Dr. Rebecca Gilbert, where she will be answering all your questions about PD and #CoronaVirus.
4 weeks ago
And that's just for 2019-2020! Whether it's investigating T-cells and their role in Parkinson's disease, to genetic factors for PD in Hispanics, APDA's commitment to funding on-the-ground research is just one part of what makes us stand out. Learn more through the link in our bio.
A typical challenge for people with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease is raising a young family. APDA sat down with four parents with YOPD to talk about how they shared their diagnosis with their family, what difficulties arose, moments of success, shared experiences, and more. Check it out at the link in our bio.
A highlight of the Parkinson’s UK Board ? Volunteer Rosie Brown and Benali Hamdache updated on the “Get it on time” campaign on medicines in hospital.13,300 signatures and growing awareness . Add your voice today at https://e-activist.com/page/45265/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=twip …. #actingnow#livingwithparkinsons
I was interviewed by PodcastDX about living with Parkinson’s Disease for their latest podcast. Listen to it here: https://www.podcastdx.com/s-5-e-18-Parkinsons … or http://traffic.libsyn.com/podcastdx/S5E18_Parkinsons_.mp3 …
Social distancing weekend round up no. 3: busy day Friday doing our shopping/ dropping surprises for friends and family then boys night in. Saturday got through sheds of housework/ filing then caught up with the dibdabs/ my bestest girlies. Sunday dug one of the veg patches, first bbq of the season and a little (neighbour friendly) bonfire; diesel cane face to face with one of the chihuahuas and nearly 💩himself (so ashamed); WhatsApp next door neighbour all day; spoke to other neighbours kid all day (time warp much). More importantly kept social contact to an absolute minimum apart from essential shopping and looking after dad. Ironically we’d have spent the weekend doing exactly the same anyway. So blessed with my three favourite men #fucovid19#novicegardener#livingwithdementia#livingwithparkinsons#makingmemories#family
There is a wonderful podcast series via @npr , called Life Kit. Check out the one “Making Art is Good for Your Health. Here’s How to Start A Habit.” Exercising our imagination is an act of preventive health, can make us more resilient, and relieve stress (in addition to bringing us joy.) The podcast is with Malaka Gharib. This is also her artwork. We’re working on our website , coming soon. #npr#lifekit#art#artistsoninstagram#partnewyorkcity#parkinsonsawareness#livingwithparkinsons
I’d like to officially announce that I’ve begun to work on my sixth album.
ROBBIE TUCKER blue candy
I realized that if you’re passionate about something in life you need to keep doing it no matter what difficulties stand in your way. Keep working at the things you love at whatever capacity you can. What else is there? Passion, purpose and perseverance baby!
ROBBIE TUCKER blue candy #lovelife#live#create#authenticity#newmusic#canadianmusic#parkinsonsdisease#livingwithparkinsons
1 week ago
Spring is doing her thing. New life blossoming.
Nature being nature. Its reassuring to me.
My walk today was so.peaceful.
Sending love to my dear square friends and extra hugs if you dont have access to be in a green space.
Did you know that falls are one of the major causes of emergency room visits and hospitalizations for people with Parkinson's disease? Dr. Pravin Khemani of @swedish_seattle shares what makes falls happen, and other major complications people with Advanced PD may face – like immobility or swallowing dysfunction. Link in bio to learn more.
1 month ago
Don't forget to RSVP for our South Garland February Educational Series! Kim Berry-Broomfield will present Moving Forward: Discovering a Treatment Option for Advanced Parkinson’s Disease. Thursday, Feb. 27, 11:30am. http://bit.ly/GarFeb2020-RSVP More info: http://bit.ly/GarFeb2020-info⠀
What is a tremor and what makes them happen? Find out the truth behind this motor symptom – typically characterized by shaking of the hand or leg – and why a tremor doesn't always mean it's Parkinson's – link in bio!
If you are the child, spouse, or care partner of someone with Advanced Parkinson's disease then falls, extreme immobility, and secretion management should be on your list of concerns. Not sure where to get started on handling these issues? Visit the link in our bio to get some answers from Dr. Pravin Khemani of @swedish_seattle.
1 month ago
Life with Parkinson’s disease can be challenging enough – make your journey easier with APDA’s Symptom Tracker app, an easy way to track tremoring, and other symptoms of PD. With more knowledge, your care team can provide a more personalized approach. Download it today for free through the link in our bio!
1 month ago
APDA is here to help veterans who have been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Did you know that there are established 6 PD resource centers, known as PADRECCs, offering state-of-the-art clinical care, and educational programs? And that there are 51 Consortium Centers across the U.S. that offer specialized PD and movement disorder specialty care to veterans who cannot travel to a PADRECC? Get connected, and learn more about what it is available to you by visiting the link in our bio:
I love and appreciate the #nhs
These two gorgeous humans were my physio dream team this morning.
1 month ago
Whether it's a boxing class, a support group for care partners, or an educational course on living well with Parkinson's disease, APDA wants you to join us! All of these resources, and more, are available to you as you now– connect with a local chapter by visiting the link in our bio to get started.
Don't forget to RSVP for our #Garland February Educational Series! Kim Berry-Broomfield presents Moving Forward: Discovering a Treatment Option for Advanced #Parkinson’s Disease. Thurs., Feb. 27, 11:30am. http://bit.ly/GarFeb2020-RSVP Info: http://bit.ly/GarFeb2020-info #livingwithparkinsons pic.twitter.com/cACK5ZpUqx