Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
I have been living with Parkinsons for over ten years, diagnosed in my mid 50s. Despite this I lead a very full and joyful life within the parameters dictated by the disease.  But - now in my mid 60 s - I am also dealing with issues related to the aging process.  From time to time I butt heads with an event that highlights the limitations imposed by the combined forces of Parkinsons and Aging, and for a short while - often not more than a day - the impact hits home and I grieve the losses I face.  This is not for the faint at heart.  Mirror mirror on the wall Who's the slowest of us all? Mirror mirror please be kind  I'm still quite young inside my mind I Joined a Dance Class for People with Parkinsons I'm standing in a large hall at the National Ballet School of Canada, waiting to begin a dance class - not just any dance class, but one specifically for people living with Parkinsons.  I am passionate about ballet, having danced for eight of my childhood years, and do not even mind the fact that it took me two hours to get here.  A couple of years ago I enrolled in a regular beginners ballet class for adults. I enjoyed it immensely, felt proud to be facing – not avoiding -  challenges despite my disease, and was pleased with the image in the mirror that showed how my body remembered and executed the positions and steps expected of the class. And – well, I wasn’t half-bad! However – and much to my dismay - when the instructor introduced turns (“pirouettes”) I ...
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