How a Positive Attitude Transforms a Life with Parkinson’s Disease

Attitude is one of the most important elements of bringing together “who you are” with “what you do.”

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Attitude may not be everything, but it’s important enough that nothing else compares.

Once you see firsthand how changing your attitude can change your reality, your life may be forever transformed—a transformation similar to one hospital intern and his experiences with Nathan, a young man living with Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. It develops gradually, sometimes starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand. But while a tremor may be the most well-known sign of Parkinson’s disease, the disorder also commonly causes stiffness or slowing of movement.

In the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, your face may show little or no expression, or your arms may not swing when you walk. Your speech may become soft or slurred. Parkinson’s disease symptoms worsen as your condition progresses over time—a debilitating disorder that can drain the human spirit. That’s why we may need Nathan in our lives as he emulates a thought-provoking philosophy of life:

“You can decide to change your reality by changing your mentality.”

The people around you determine who you are.

My life has had a fair share of ups and downs. I’ve lived through enough for a lifetime. As I look back now, the fluctuations can so clearly be attributed to the people with whom I was surrounding myself.

Choose role models and see what they do. Then do the same. Create your own environment and ecosystem—don’t just fall into whatever is there. And add a little “Nathan perspective” to help get you there.

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