Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
– Will Rogers
The Power of Beliefs
What do you believe about your diagnosis of Parkinson’s? Do you believe that medications will cure the symptoms, and you’ll be fine? Do you believe that exercise might help, but that you’re too old, too tired, or too embarrassed to participate in a class or program? Do you believe that your symptoms are mild, and you can wait until you begin to have problems to enroll in therapy or do exercise? Are you a pessimist, who thinks: “why bother, what good can therapy or exercise do anyway?”
Take a moment to think about your beliefs. Our feelings are oftentimes a clue to our beliefs. How did you feel when you received a diagnosis of Parkinson’s or other neurological problem? How do you feel about changes you have already experienced in your voice? Does your speech and voice match your personality?
If you decide to begin a therapy treatment program or an exercise program at home or with others, it may be helpful to:
Develop A Plan Of Action
- Write down a goal
- How will you feel when you reach this goal?
- What are some obstacles or beliefs that might sabotage this goal?
- What is an affirmation to support this goal? (eg: “people are drawn to my energetic voice and want to hear what I have to say”)
Associate with people who support your goals: your spouse, your therapist, your children, friends. Most goals that are worthwhile in life take a great deal of commitment to achieve. Talking about other accomplishments in your life, and goals you have committed to may help you discover what motivates you.
Voice Aerobics™ DVD is a home exercise program designed for individuals not yet sure if they are ready for formal therapy, and for those who have completed formal Speech , Physical Therapy, and/or Occupational Therapy, but who want to continue to practice on their own at home.
These monthly articles are intended to: educate, enlist your participation in your own care, and empower you to advocate for your self or others .
(Re-printable with permission from the author: Mary Spremulli,MA,CCC-SLP. Send correspondence to: email@example.com)
About the author: Mary Spremulli,MA,CCC-SLP, is a licensed speech-language pathologist and licensed nurse. A national lecturer, with publications on the topic of Patient Education and Ethics, and with a special interest in physician-patient communication.