Parkinson's Support Group
Saint Clair Street Senior Center Murfreesboro TN
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Why we belong to a Support Group
Sharon has Parkinson’s I thought my Parkinson’s took my future away but it only altered it. My support group allowed me to share victories and challenges and created a deep bond with new friends during a difficult time in my life.
Bettye Care Partner Parkinson’s is challenging and a bit frightening. Going thru it alone is a struggle. It is helpful having others around you who understand and reach out to help. We are so blessed to have this resource.
Ron Care Partner Parkinson’s is difficult and challenging. Learning and sharing with a caring PD support group has established new friendships and helped maintain our quality of life.
Charles Person with Parkinson's
“You have Parkinson’s Disease.” Four little words that changed everything for our family. It is overwhelming some days, but those days are easier with the friends and support I have found in this wonderful community. Finding people who are walking the same path you are, and can share the journey help more than most people realize. This community has been our lifeline.
We provide education and community for people effected by Parkinson's.
Are you dealing with Parkinson's ?
Do you feel trapped by Parkinson's?
After the Parkinson's diagnosis it is common to go into hiding. You start asking yourself questions like; who can I tell? Can I tell my children? Should I tell my employer? What about people in my social circle? If they know will they treat me differently?
With so many unanswered questions the first easy decision is to keep it to yourself. This is the first step that can eventually result in isolation. You don't know that at first but you will. As the disease progresses you start thinking that someone will notice "that you have something wrong". If you make decisions not to go out and face the world based on that fear, you become trapped. And it only gets worse as your symptoms get worse.
Who can you tell? The answer is simple. You can tell someone else who has Parkinson's. You may think that your lifelong friend will understand if you choose to tell her. But she won't if she does not have Parkinson's. She can sympathize but she just doesn't know the language. I'm having an "off" day doesn't convey the message to her like it does to someone with Parkinson's. You need people in your life who DO understand. Somebody with Parkinson's.
By the way what about the Care Partner or Care giver. Are you the sweet lady married to the Grumpy old guy with Parkinson's? And he doesn't want anyone to know? You are really trapped. You may need the Group worse than him.
Some people imagine a chronic illness support group is 12 people sitting around a table complaining about the horrible hand they have been dealt. Not at our meetings. We have expert speakers and educated professionals who help us learn more about how to cope with Parkinson's. We also provide a social atmosphere that promotes "living life" in spite of Parkinson's. We even have fun. It's a nice surprise. So don't get stuck in that chair. Start moving back into the 'living" lane of life, join a support Group. It may be just what you need. And, you may be just what THEY need. 7000 People with Parkinson's( PWP ) in Middle Tennessee 500 People with Parkinson's in Support Groups 6500 People with Parkinson's still to be helped. Come join us.
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