In one of the greatest comebacks in sports history, Oracle Team USA won eight straight races to win the 34th America’s Cup 9 races to 8 after being down 8-1 to Emirates Team New Zealand. Watching them race over the last three weeks you realize what team work it takes to sail a 72 foot catamaran with a 150 foot ‘wing’ sail at speeds over 40 miles an hour on San Francisco Bay. In fact, at the end of the winning race today, the Team USA helmsman Jimmy Spithill tweeted a comment from his interview after the win “On your own you’re nothing but when you’ve got a team like this around you, they make you great”.
I feel the same way about dealing with Parkinson’s, you need a team to make you great. The team includes your Movement Disorder Specialist, your regular doctor and should probably include a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, a speech therapist and maybe a nutrition specialist. As you can see, it takes a village to deal with the many symptoms and issues with Parkinson’s disease, just like raising a child.
But as important as your medical team is, the support of my wife, my children and their spouses, my grandchildren, my sisters and a multitude of relatives and friends is just as needed. I am lucky to have their support, words of encouragement and positive thoughts. As Jimmy Spithill said, I would be nothing without the support of my ‘TEAM’. Thank you all for all you do to help me weather this journey.
This weekend our friends Tom and Marilyn visited from Colorado and we had a great time on the lake cruising, swimming, and catching this shot of the harvest moon rise on the water. A grand time was had by all.
One last reminder, don’t forget the Michael J Fox show premieres this Thursday 9/26/2013.