My Journey with Parkinson's Blog

My Journey with Parkinson’s is a personal account of my 14 year journey living with Parkinson’s Disease. It includes a detailed account of my diagnosis, my struggle and my current healing of Parkinson’s disease.

Diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease

Publish Date 29 May 2015  |  Posted Cheryl  |  Filed under Parkinson's Disease

My personal irony of being diagnosed is that my passion in life is to create miniature art and handmade porcelain dolls. I studied for and achieved my international Masters of Porcelain doll making from the Doll Artisan Guild in New York. I won many awards locally and internationally and also achieved my Teacher’s certificate and Artisanship.

At the height of my doll making career, I was struck down with the onset of Parkinson’s Disease, and 10 years later with arthritis in my hands. My reputation as a doll maker and miniaturist had just begun to grow internationally and my creations were sought after by collectors from around the world.

The symptoms began in the year 2000 with a strange “stiff” feeling in my left pinkie and ring finger when I was typing. I mentioned this to my family but it was dismissed as nothing to worry about. About a year later my left hand began to twitch. I was encouraged to see my doctor “just in case”. In December 2001 I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.

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Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery

Publish Date 29 May 2015  |  Posted by Cheryl  |  Filed under Parkinson's Disease, Deep Brain Stimulation

Deep Brain Stimulation surgery is a surgical procedure which involves placing two electrodes deep within the brain and a remote controlled battery (Similar to a pacemaker) just below the collar bone.

In 2011 I was fortunate enough to undergo deep brain stimulation surgery and receive the benefits of the surgery.

This chapter of my story involves my experiences of the surgery and the impact that the DBS implant has had on my life.

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Healing My Parkinson's Disease

Publish Date 29 May 2015  |  Posted Cheryl  |  Filed under Healing Parkinson's Disease

This is a chapter of my life is something I never believed I would have authored.

Parkinson’s disease is a subject that actually very little is known about. Up until now there is no known cure or even a known cause for the disease. I have not been able to come across a case where a full recovery has taken place.

However in a short space of a few months I have seen a dramatic transformation in my mental, emotional and physical state of wellbeing.

It is still a work in progress, however I hope this part of my story will help others who are struggling with the challenges associated with Parkinson's Disease and provide them with the knowledge, strength and perspective to help them get through it.

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Parkinson's Healing Updates

Publish Date 2 June 2015  |  Posted Cheryl  |  Filed under Healing Parkinson's Disease

This section of my blog contains updated entries about my journey with Parkinson's and any improvements or changes in my physical, emotional and mental state of wellbeing.

At the time of writing this the tremor in my left hand side of my body has disappeared either with the DBS stimulator turned on or off. My general mood has dramatically improved and my depression is gone.

There is more work to do and a lot going on in my life at the moment, but the journey so far has been amazing.

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Recovery of Speech

Publish Date 23 June 2015  |  Posted Cheryl  |  Filed under Healing Parkinson's Disease

A common symptom sufferers of Parkinson’s disease experience is a deterioration of speech and swallowing abilities. This has been one of the side effects of the disease I have suffered as a result of my Parkinson’s.

In this section of my blog read about an improvement of my speech and watch videos of how the transformation has taken place over a short period of time. 


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A Dedication to a Friend

Publish Date 30 July 2015  |  Posted Cheryl  |  Filed under Healing Parkinson's Disease

A dedication to a dear friend who has always been around through the darkest and brightest times in my life.



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Publish Date 11 September 2015  |  Posted Cheryl  |  Filed under Healing Parkinson's Disease

An update on my journey with Parkinson's. Things have continued to improve and there has been a lot more stability in my life, body and emotions.

Stability is not a word usually associated with someone with Parkinson’s. At this moment in time and over the last month I have experienced more stability on a physical, mental and emotional level than I have in a long time.


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The Cape Town Miniature Fair

Publish Date 14 September 2015  |  Posted Cheryl  |  Filed under Healing Parkinson's Disease

I was invited to attend the Annual Miniature Convention in Betty’s Bay which took place recently in Sept 2015, and to attend the workshops there. The Annual Miniatures Convention is the brainchild of Isa Lindstrom, who lives in Betty’s Bay, and Sue Farmer from Cape Town.

This is my diary of my week long trip at the convention in Cape Town South Africa.


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Understanding the Mind Body Connection

Publish Date 8 September 2015  |  Posted Cheryl  |  Filed under Healing Parkinson's Disease

How do our thoughts and emotions make us sick? This is a great talk on the link between the mind and the body and its implications on healing disease. 


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My Future

Publish Date 29 May 2015  |  Posted Cheryl  |  Filed under Healing Parkinson's Disease

Six months ago I had collected enough sleeping pills to commit suicide. I was so depressed that there was a possibility that I would not live through till the end of the year.

An important part of my healing protocol is to find a purpose and to set goals for the remainder of my life. Without a reason to live all the work we have done becomes obsolete.

Remember that just a few months ago I was ready to end it all. I had no expectation of a future of a life on earth and no dreams or goals to go with it either. Having a transformed outlook on life and an improvement in my health creates a need to set new goals and dreams for the future.

This section of my blog is dedicated to setting goals, dreams and intentions for what I would love to do for the rest of my life. It is also a section I will be continually updating and exploring for my own personal healing and experience. 

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My Life A photo collection of the most important things in my life.

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My Work A photo collection of my work from the past, present and future.

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My Future A photo collection of my dreams and projects for the future.

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