The Marshall Memo – August 19-25, 2012


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How would you change your life if you found out you had a ticking time bomb disease inside?

 All my life I’ve had what is called an essential tremor of my hands.  It runs in my family, and my mother had the same thing.  In the back of my mind, I’ve always wondered if this tremor might be a precursor for Parkinson’s disease.  Sometimes, my right hand twitches and occasionally will jerk. Since it never seems to get worse, I haven’t ever checked into actually having Parkinson’s.

It makes me wonder, though, what if I won’t be able to live the way I’m used to living in the near future.  How should I change?

I don’t see myself as dropping my life as I know it and traveling the world.  I’d rather be around my family for as long as I can be.  I also don’t see myself becoming a daredevil jumping out of planes and bungee jumping before breakfast every morning.  I’ll stick with coffee, thank you very much.

If faced with a debilitating disease, I believe I would take each day as a blessing, grateful for the ability to get out of bed and move my arms and legs.  I would slow down, take time to appreciate the fragrances and colors of everyday life.  I’d like to think I’d be kinder and consider each smile I receive a gift.  I’d appreciate my husband more, and kids, even cranky old (fill in the blank), and I’d quit putting off getting another pet.  I’d also quit worrying about my waistline and more about how I treat other people.

Hmm, I’m starting to like this person I’d be if things were going to change.  Why should I wait for that ticking time-bomb to start counting down, when I can make all of these adjustments right now?

What would you change about you?

Until next week, make it a great one!


FYI: Dr. Tall, Dark…and Dangerous? my latest Medical Romance, has a ticking-time-bomb disease scenario in it.



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2 Responses to The Marshall Memo – August 19-25, 2012

  1. robena grant says:

    I like this post, Lynne. Great food for thought. As we get older we have to face the fact that loved ones are either falling into ill health or passing away it can be depressing. And I know because I’m older than you. : ) But don’t worry on the hand tremor. My Gran had the same thing and she lived alone on a farm and had a full and creative and wonderful life with no medications. But watching her pour a cup of tea was scary.

    Better still, go and get it checked out so you can figure out if there is anything you need to do, and maybe nip it in the bud.

    I try to remind myself to find some joy in every day. To laugh as much as possible. If there was one thing I could change it would be to have more confidence in my abilities. I’m working on that. ; )

    • Hi Robena – all of your plans sound good. Laughing daily is so important. Getting or giving hugs is good, too!

      I wish I could will you to have more confidence in your abilities – but unfortunately, that’s something that only you can prove to yourself. good luck! I certainly know you’re a highly capable and talented woman, so…