I have a little down time right now. All the babies are sleeping and I felt the need to write. I have just 11 days before I leave for Africa. As you all know I belong to the Regulars and we are a group of altruistic individuals who have signed up with Enzo and his project, 10 mountains 10 years, to draw awareness and raise money to help eradicate Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease. With that said.....this is from my heart.......
I have been deeply affected by so many individuals this past year as I have been preparing for Kili. One especially is my dearest and sweetest friend Mary "Cherokee" Rose. She fights the toughest battle I know and still smiles and encourages everyone.My soul sister, the one who pushes me and drives me the hardest. Our dear friend Bill Berndt who lost his battle this past March who will be remembered forever for his kindness and his every chance opportunity to make you laugh. Forever in my heart. Ken Glowienke, a true role model, friend, advocate, loving husband. The day we met Ken it changed my life. I hope you know that. My dearest friend in this fight, Jim Brenner. As I sat the other night at Black Belt Camp and listened to his inspiring speech about making a difference and the ever loving and kind words he spoke about me I want to say you are my reasons I began all of this. I have always said to you for you I climb this mountain and for you I will be the one carrying your spirit with me. That "indomitable" spirit we talk so much of in Tang Soo Do. He epitomizes this in our art. He encourages and inspires everyone he comes in contact with. I was blessed the day we met and for you I continue down any path I can to help you win this battle. Judy, what can I say, I have met another who encourages the heck out of me and has undying faith and confidence that we will win. In10City to the max. I know I could make a long list of people. You all mean the world to me and not a day goes by that I am not thinking of all of you, praying for all of you and pushing the envelope for all of you.
My boys, all of my family, Sandra, Denise, Mark, Ideliza, Kaz, Rob, Mary, Maggie, Sue, Barbara, Charley, Ann, Eileen, Sylvia, Sherry, my teammates. A special thanks to my committee members who have made my fundraiser a reality....Karen, Kathy, Kathryn, Hal, Karen and Glen. Please don't be offended if I didn't mention your name. Know you are all here with me and I will bring you all with me to Africa.
Enzo and Jen.....two of the most important people in my life. Without you my confidence, drive, passion may not have ever reached the heights it is reaching.
There is nothing in life we can not do if we put our minds to it, our sights on it, and our passion and drive into it. "Together is ONE"
Please send out all of your prayers to The Regulars as we head out June 28th to the roof of Africa on our Trail Called Hope IV - Mt. Kilimananjaro.
Strong Feather Eileen
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
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Strong Feather Eileen
This is Peggy - we met through Judy when you visited us in Tennessee. Judy is all wound up today. We had lunch together after shopping for food for tomorrow's cookout for the support group. She would be named "Busy Bee" if her mother hadn't beaten us to the time for that decision. I don't know where she gets her energy!
I have not felt well for several weeks - and today was the first hint of why . It was when I got "weepy" over something my husband said. That's just not me.
I have battled Parkinson's disease for nearly 15 years and concomitantly I have also battled depression. Depression is quite common with both Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. After weeping I started thiinking about you and Enzo and the group. In order to reach your summit, you have to look up. It's easy to fall prey to something like depression when you look downward; i.e., you think about all the things you CANNOT do. So I'm just going to think about what I CAN still do. In doing so I will be looking upward.
Everybody has mountains to master every day. Enzo thinks BIG . . . 10 mountains in 10 years, and I want to be around when that banner is flown on that 10th mountain! Even if I don't physically climb the mountain like your group does, I have my own mountains to climb. This start of depression is just one of the many mountains people with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's must conquer.
And although we may not "master the mountain," we can take pride in knowing we kept climbing and didn't let it master us.
Peggy - "unli"
Keep looking up always. As the guides told me in Africa as we climbed..."Pole Pole" which means "Slowly slowly" with one foot in front of the other to reach the roof. Same for you just go slowly through times like these and put one foot in front of the other and always look up. My thoughts and prayers are with you and hope you feel better soon. We WILL celebrate and know it's not about how fast you get there, it's keeping the faith along the way.
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