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The 3rd World Parkinson Congress was held October 1-4 2013, but the awesome memories will linger on for quite some time.
It seems a lot of us came away from WPC 2013 with many feelings... maybe the best of them would be RENEWED? HOPEFUL?!! EMPOWERED! ( that one is my favorite!)
The blogosphere is lighting up, the FB status's are all a buzz with something positive that each of us brought home with us.
I think my list would too be pretty long... Getting to meet Tim Hague the Canadian Amazing Race Winner who has Parkinson's and chatting with him and his wife while out to dinner.
Getting picked up at the airport by Jill Ames-Carson & crew... So cool!
Tom Isaacs and his rendition of “That's Life”.
Launching our PDPALS!
The overwhelming joy of seeing old friends and the joy of making new ones.
For me, the pride of being able to volunteer to work with the Parkinson's Quilt again. 42 Panels, 16 blocks each, with a story behind each one. It was the person who would shyly come up to us and ask us for help in finding their block, the one they made for their loved one who has since passed away. Or the woman who is now confined to a wheelchair but loved her shoes and that was what her quilt block was about was her shoes. Sometimes, I had to go and excuse myself to go cry a little... or
It was the empowerment and pure joy of being able to be a part of the "Voices of Hope" Choir from Ireland, and the Mob Choir. The song, "Something Inside so Strong" still plays in the back of my head.
The presentations that gave us hope that doctors and researchers were REALLY listening to US!! The ones that have this really nasty foul disease!!! and just maybe going to do something about it....
Of course none of it would have been worth a hill of beans were it not for the fact that I was there with my wonderful husband, Michael J Church Sr. Words cannot express how he much he is the glue that right now is holding me together. Thanks sweetie!! Those are the things that I will keep in my heart for the next 3 years.... Until Portland in 2016!!!!
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