April 4th I check in at the imaging department at OHSU. On the 5th I rest and finish any and all last minute life stuff. The next day on the 6th of April I have my official surgery. I stay in the hospital overnight, then assuming all goes well a few days later they insert my power pack, then 2-3 weeks later I get plugged in and tuned up. They’ve provided 3 days worth of housing free of charged which is a blessing indeed . Unfortunately the who process is two surgeries and a recommended 30 day healing and stabilization period. These donations will go directly to the lodging and direct care that OHSU and insurance doesn’t cover. Any and all donations are impactful and I can’t express my gratitude and thanks for all of you. Please share the link even if you can’t help monitarily . All things done with love and light will be successful. Always and with some luck, science and faith I’ll see you all on the other side of this. If not please remember to always be brave be bold and thrive in the life you have.
I was asked to put together a short bio for a Parkinson’s blog here’s what I’ve come up with so far…kinda…
Benjamin M Prewitt
Diagnosed with PD 11/7/10 aT 40 years old.
Hi there. Thanks for stopping in it’s great to see you. I’m here to tell you story about how I’ve overcome the obstacles that Parkinson’s disease presents daily. It’s a tale of loss and love, a story of strength and commitment in the face of what simply is a “incurable progressive neurological disorder .” Let that reality sink in for a second before you continue,please.
See Parkinson’s disease is different for everyone. I presented with “central pain” stiffness and rigidity while others get the shakes, or tremors. Over the last four years of having active PD. I’ve found that if I exercise on a regular basis and eat a proper diet that it is possible to greatly improve the quality of my life and of those around me. One of the greatest gifts I can give to myself and those who are on this journey with me is to embrace life. To not let Parkinson’s disease define me but to let it be the fuel that helps me power through each day with the hope and dream that someday we will find a cure for PD and all disease that robs us of our ability to live life to the fullest. Parkinson’s disease cost me everything, my career, my family and home but it gave me the passion and insight to live the life I was meant to and to be strong enough to send this message. “Be brave,Be bold and thrive in the life you have.” My Power through commitment goes out to my son and to my Katelyn. I may have Parkinson’s disease but it doesn’t have me.
Again thanks for reading, commenting, liking and just being the fabulous you I know you are.
Much love and light.
“A life in progress”
Post in responds to the Power through Parkinson’s blog soon to be syndicated and published through the BGF Foundation.