Parkinson’s Awareness Month means just that…Be Aware. Aware that many people are fighting to find a cure, several are securing funding for the possibility of relief, droves are digging in to promote education, treasured people are teaching how to live fully with the diagnosis and umpteen individuals are empowering acceptance.
My eldest brother and his family, traveled recently to Los Angeles to assist The Ohio State University Buckeyes basketball team in their quest to make it from their Sweet Sixteen standing to the goal of NCAA champions. He sent me a text – no words -just this picture.
I quickly showed it to my girls (ages 5 & 10) and their faces lit up like fireworks. Not many people under the age of 20 really can say they know the film works of Michael J Fox. This had nothing to do with Marty McFly. “Awesome” Libby exclaimed. Hadley said “lucky” and wanted to know if they had met him. At that moment, they didn’t feel alone. Their awareness helped my girls feel accepted. Happy that their 10 and 13-year-old cousins would extend a silent hand to say not only do we understand but we are here to support you. It says we stand beside you, with you and in kid language, we have your back.
Thank you Mike and Beth. Awareness can be small simple gestures too.