Life's journey is never without obstacles, and for one woman diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, God's steadying hand and her faith in his guidance were the encouragement she needed to confront her life's battles and face the truth-that while life can have its share of tears, illness, and death, it can also fill our souls with love, laughter, faith, and family.
In From Parkinson's to a Poet, author and poet Melody Eddins shares her observations about life and creation, and she especially opens a window into her experiences living with Parkinson's disease. With both touching and humorous poetry, Melody introduces the characters and events in her life that inspired her to recover and heal with faith and dedication. And although there will be tears, Melody invites everyone to both laugh and cry along with her through her inspirational, faithful journey.
When did these symptoms first appear? When did I notice anxiety and fear? I could not smell the roses after a springtime shower, Sleepless nights, awake, it seems like hour upon hour.
My arms and legs became tight and rigid, Not to mention the tremors ever so vivid! What is happening to by body that God blessed me with? Maybe it's His fault, and he's just another myth!
It seems I can't remember, for words would just be lost. I think I'm losing my mind, I have to know, whatever the cost! When the doctor spoke those words, I could not catch my breath, For I just received my destiny, a slow and painful death.
Well, with learning there comes knowledge, so now I'm not afraid To walk this journey to the end, to God I now have prayed. I told Him I was sorry for calling Him a myth, And He said not to worry, for me He'll always be with.
As I walk this journey, I may stumble and fall. I may even freeze at times or have no expression at all. I continue to shake, rattle and roll, But there will always be peace way down in my soul.
I know there is a blessing for me each and every day, Through family, friends, and support groups, always make a way. I will smile in the face of having PD, dare to take my soul. I'm sorry to disappoint you PD, but Heaven is my goal.
So I will live each day as if it were my last. Who knows, it might not be PD, maybe driving way too fast. Whatever it is that takes me out, I've enjoyed living life, now in Heaven I can shout!
© Melody Eddins 11/24/2015