The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Whole again


Have you noticed how a single word, a mere slip of the tongue, can unlock the door to new insights? It happened to me when a college student named Lisa, majoring in occupational therapy, interviewed me about the challenges and struggles that a person with Parkinson's disease faces from day to day.

She asked about the symptoms I experience, the medications I take and their side effects, how I feel about my disease, and how I thought an occupational therapist could help people with Parkinson's.

Lisa was grateful that I gave her an hour of my time. I was delighted that I could help her gain some understanding of this disease. The more people who are knowledgeable about this debilitating disease, particularly those in the medical field, the better off we will all be.

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