"What I'm trying to do in my life now is not define myself or let Parkinson's define who I am. I'm just choosing to focus on other activities and family and friends ... and learning how to impact and possibly change and hoping to reverse some of the symptoms — and that's through [meditation] and reading and exercise and painting."
- Robyn L., 43
British Columbia Canada
Read more about Robyn's experience with Parkinson's and her new book, Most of Me: Surviving My Medical Meltdown
"I wanted to learn [to skate] as soon as I saw Kristi Yamaguchi skate during the 1992 Olympics. Unfortunately, I was only two years old, and the Quad Cities didn’t have an ice rink yet. Once we did, I was signed up for lessons. About a year later, I received my first pair of white skates for Christmas.
"...in 2009, after settling into a new town, my neighbor asked me the question… “are you a runner?” “Well, I run.” “Good, be ready to go tomorrow morning at 5:30.” I prepped like a race day and had my gear laid out the night before. Tested my headlamp. At 5:30 AM I ate half a banana with peanut butter and a few ounces of coffee. Then I found out that this five-mile loop we ran from our houses was done three times a week.
“The best part of living an active life is the way I feel. I love feeling strong, confident and capable. And I think that physical activity can do that for a lot of people.”
"It might seem antithetical to give myself one more thing to do [when planning a wedding]. But I now know that when I’m juggling a lot, squeezing in a workout is one of the best things I can do for myself. It gives my brain a time-out, drains away some of that pointless panic energy, and lets me come back to the world with fresh eyes and the wherewithal to stop and look around. Sure, there’s a lot to be stressed out about right now. And there’s plenty to be thrilled and joyful over. I can’t eradicate the bad entirely. But I can feel them both."
"One reason I do yoga is so I don't punch somebody in the throat. When I was younger, I would get so angry I would have nosebleeds. Inconsiderate people, liars, people who are self-absorbed—they're the worst. I do yoga so when I'm confronted with somebody like that I can stop, count to 10, and say, 'How may I help you?' I'm still getting there, but it's definitely easier. I can let things roll now."
"I love a new challenge and working toward a big ride or event. Having a goal in mind keeps training fun and motivating. I work for the BC Cancer Foundation, so the Ride to Conquer Cancer is near and dear to my heart on both a personal and professional level."
“Every time I had a craving or got grouchy, I went for a run. Through Run to Quit, I learned that running took my mind off of the cravings.”