Parkinson’s Disease Research and Articles

Episode Six: Fight or Flight

By Catherine Armsden

The story of two artists with incurable neurological disease sharing fear, frustration and friendship as they push to complete the most rewarding work of their careers.

In 1969, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, a Swiss-American psychiatrist, introduced the hypothesis that people, when faced with a terrible diagnosis, will often pass through five emotional stages including, but not limited to, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. A scientist in our Parkinson’s Facebook group, Sara Riggare, has come up with another version of the stages of grief that describes the pro-activeness I associate with my friends with PD: shock (at hearing he news); sorrow (mourning the future you won’t have); searching (for information); sharing (supporting your patient community); and shaping (creating a new future for yourself). ...

Episode Five: Every Body Tells a Story

By Catherine Armsden

The story of two artists with incurable neurological disease sharing fear, frustration and friendship as they push to complete the most rewarding work of their careers.

Anyone can dash off an account of their childhood, told in hindsight with gratitude for the opportunities and challenges that helped them grow. But to convey not only what we’ve done and where we’ve been but also who we are, we sometimes need to also tell the history that’s lodged in our bodies.

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Episode Four: A Heart is Opened

By Catherine Armsden

The story of two artists with incurable neurological disease sharing fear, frustration and friendship as they push to complete the most rewarding work of their careers.

After our fun weekend together in Portland at the Brian Grant Foundation gala, Hadley and I texted nearly every week throughout the fall of 2011. At times, when she talked about her painting commissions and plans for her nonprofit, Summit for Parkinson’s, her high energy and spirits seemed almost like euphoria, raising a small red flag inside me.

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InMotion 2017 Programming Highlights

This past year was an incredible year for InMotion. We are excited to share with you two of our main programming highlights from 2017.

  1. We initiated monthly client assessments allowing us to capture data on every client who utilizes our services here at InMotion, in addition to our bi-annual assessments. Assessment results are added to each individual’s MindBody page, allowing them to have access to their progress.
  2. We successfully initiated a color system for our B.E.D.
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Episode Three: Not the Worst Thing

By Catherine Armsden

The story of two artists with incurable neurological disease sharing fear, frustration and friendship as they push to complete the most rewarding work of their careers.

People often describe someone who’s risen above great challenges as having an “indomitable spirit.” For those with a serious illness, I believe indomitability might begin organically, not by choice, during a drawn-out diagnostic process. Shunted from doctor to doctor, we develop emotional muscle chasing something we don’t want to catch while fear dogs us, nipping at our heels.

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Episode Two: Nothing Serious

By Catherine Armsden

The story of two artists with incurable neurological disease sharing fear, frustration and friendship as they push to complete the most rewarding work of their careers.

The long road to my Parkinson’s diagnosis began in early 2007 with symptoms that weren’t alarming, but were new to me and strange. In bed, while the rest of me was ready to melt into the mattress, my right leg refused to relax.

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An Alert, Well-Hydrated Artist in No Acute Distress—Episode One: An Illness’s Introduction

By Catherine Armsden

The story of two artists with incurable neurological disease sharing fear, frustration and friendship as they push to complete the most rewarding work of their careers.

 

Do you think it’s all in my head?”

Hadley takes off her glasses and sets them on the varnished burl table. Her brown eyes are huge and searching, brimming with tears. For the first time it hits me that at thirty-seven, she’s only eleven years older than my daughter and I flood with a maternal urge to reach for her hand and tell her everything’s going to be okay. ...

InMotion Research Presented at WPC Shows Value of Physical Activity for PD Clients.

At the 4th World Parkinson Congress held in Portland, Oregon September 20-23, 2016, a group of researchers affiliated with InMotion presented a poster entitled “Early Results on Preservation of Motor Performance in a Community-Based Exercise Program”. The poster text detailed the results of a study of 28 volunteers with Parkinson’s disease attending physical activity programs (dance, exercise, sports, tai chi, yoga) at InMotion. Each person was individually assessed on the basis of a number of tests of physical performance at the beginning of their attendance at InMotion, and after 6 months of participation. ...