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Posted by Carole on September 07, 2000 at 01:46:14:

In Reply to: Re: West Coast Poetry Magazine therapy posted by Ruth on September 04, 2000 at 21:45:46:

: : : : : I have just completed putting the Canadian "Dream Warriors" online within the new West Coast Poetry Magazine.
: : : : : The poetry and paintings are done by individuals with Parkinson's disease. It may be of interest to many of you.
: : : : : Check out

: : : : Greg,
: : Thanks for the posting - the art would be better in person, I'm sure, but the poetry was quite "grabbing". Lory

: : : : I just went to the website.I was quite upset. We just lost someone through Suicide on a website.The pain he shows gives us an insight to the horror he feels.The paintings are remarkable.
: : : : Yes this is a good therapy for them.Not for us who are care givers.

: : : : Blessings,

: : : : Googy

: : : Googy,

: : : Perhaps not therapy for caregivers... but, in your word, insight, can only help to care in a more understanding way.
: : : Thanks for viewing the site and responding.

: : : Greg

: I tried to go to the site today and there is a notice that the authors have decided to remove it from the Internet for now because they feel it my affect contributions to the Parkinson cause.
: Ruth
Hi all-
Just catching up on this thread. I had run off the "poems" to read at later perusal. (must have had an inkling......) I could understand why Googy was upset but as I read other writings, I could see into the mind of this PD person. Even the most positive of PWP can have dark thoughts like the ones expressed here. I must confess to have thinking some of these things, but luckily the "mood' passed on quickly for me. I think the brain's neurochemical balance is affected in so many neuro diseases and a person can be pitched into pretty dark places against their will. I have found that taking care of myself and working for others takes my mind off my problems and aches and pains. I sometimes still gimp around like my 85 yr. old mum, but after a while, I get busy and don't notice it. I still consider myself a young 47. I have been blessed with lots of happy juice in my brain (something about the front temporal lobe??)
Cheers all,

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