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Hero

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Friday, June 30, 2017, In : Living 
Heroes. Everyone admires them. Many of us aspire to be one, but true heroes neither aspire or, borrowing from the definition of, seek out notoriety for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

Many of the posts seen in this blog have received comments about their inspiration or my courage, but I don’t write them to receive fame, I wish that there was no need for me to write this blog, but this disease doesn’t allow me that choice. However, I am inspired by the heroes in...

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The Smile On Her Face

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Thursday, May 4, 2017, In : Living 
Somedays I can't get the words to roll off my lips to make others aware of how I am feeling or to explain a concept or to just say thank you. It is the cruelty of Parkinson's boisterously appearing in my silence. The last month I have had more days like this than I wish to experience.

Experiences though cannot be taken away from me even as this body finds physical abilities slowly disappearing. One experience that will never leave me is the first time that I heard my wife's voice. It was five ...
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Live Like A Champion Everyday

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, In : Living 

When I first played organized sports, my baseball uniform was made of flannel, a one bar helmet protected my noggin on the football field, and my basketball shorts were too short for anyone to be wearing. I wore those funky-looking Kurt Rambis-type glasses while red, white, and blue sweatbands adore my wrists. It didn’t matter when or where I played, most importantly, I was now part of a team.

I took my share of bumps and bruises, hard hits and hard knocks. I even punished a few opponents,...


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Worry? Who Me?

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Friday, February 10, 2017, In : Living 
You know that life is treating you well or you are supremely busy when those items you tended to before receive less attention. Not posting in Silver Linings for nearly two months could be seen as one of these two options.

But, in God's time, there are no boundaries, no set rules of when and where. He is. How He responds is delivered in so many ways and at this moment I feel so blessed.

In Philippians 4:6, we are reminded, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and...
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"Time is simply how you live your life..."

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Thursday, December 15, 2016, In : Living 
"If I've learned anything through all of this, it's that each and every day is a canvas waiting to be painted -- an opportunity for love, for fun, for living, for learning..."

- Craig Sager

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I Am The Greatest

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, In : Living 
"I am the greatest!" Words uttered about one who is on top of their game with confidence and swagger. Words spoken by Muhammad Ali and bestowed upon Pat Summit after their passing. Boxers feared fighting Ali and many lady basketball players feared playing teams coached by Summit.

So which spoke: "It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe,'; or "But winning is not the point...Not giving up is the point."?

These two quotes define how each of these two s...
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Sto Lat!

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Thursday, February 25, 2016, In : Living 
Sto Lat (Polish Version)
Sto lat, sto lat, niech zyje zyje nam.
Sto lat, sto lat, niech zyje zyje nam.
Jeszcze raz, jeszcze raz, niech zyje, zyje nam.
Niech zyje nam!

Sto Lat (English version)
Good luck, good cheer, may you live a hundred years.
Good luck, good cheer, may you live a hundred years.
Good luck, good cheer, may you live a hundred years.
One hundred years

Today, Busia would have been, make that Busia IS one hundred years old. I say is, not was, because even though she passed on a few years ...

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Sometimes

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Saturday, January 16, 2016, In : Living 
Sometimes I post on this blog only separated by a few days, other posts by a few weeks. Sometimes. 

When I was younger, there was a song written by Henry Mancini and performed by The Carpenters called Sometimes. I was fortunate enough to learn this song and sing it with my high school choir. Its lyrics are profound in the sense that too many times we don't say "Thank You" enough to the people around us.

Since my last post, I have continued to have issues with my recently replaced knee. Then, ri...
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Unplugged

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Friday, November 13, 2015, In : Living 
If you are looking at the blog and the posted dates, you might be wondering why I haven't posted in some time. I actually have, but not in this blog. You can check out the new page SMILE on this site, and that is why I write today.

I don't write to get you to go to this new page, but to point out that God's work is never done. When you think that you haven't done a thing, God reminds us that he has been using us all along. It doesn't mean he is having you tell others about his blessings, but i...
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SMILE

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Monday, September 21, 2015, In : Living 

This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the conference and featured a guest speaker who had written a few books on the breakthroughs currently in Parkinson's disease. Did you notice that  I didn't say Parkinson's disease cures? I don't know if there ever will be a cure, at least in my lifetime, but there are many discoveries happening in this very complex disease.

I did however come through with a breakthrough of my own. You see for a while now my wife has been encouraging me to lo...


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Don't Worry, Be Happy!

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Friday, May 22, 2015, In : Living 
Remember the song sung a few years ago by Bobby McFerrin titled Don't Worry, Be Happy? "In every life we have some trouble/ But when you worry, you make it double/ Don't worry, be happy..," Well, "worry" is triple in my family.

Yesterday, May 21, 2015, my sister was given the news that two pins will be placed in her ankle area during surgery next Wednesday to aid in the healing of a break. She is worried about infection since the last leg surgery saw her coming down with an infection and it to...

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Does Time Really Fly?

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Monday, May 18, 2015, In : Living 
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
Ecclesiastes 3:1

We all have heard this verse, and if not, have heard the song "Turn, Turn, Turn" by The Byrds. For everything there is a season and a purpose. The past thirty days have seen many days filled... with awe.

When I last posted, I was filled with joy in the posting and response of the MyAngelMyHero.org campaign feature of my story of faith living with Parkinson's. For nearly a month, it was the featured story...
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A Moment

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Saturday, February 14, 2015, In : Living 
The flakes of snow lightly fell from the sky resting upon our shoulders. We walked hand in hand slowly darting into each store. I looked into her eyes and she into mine. For a brief moment, the world was ours.

She smiled at me and I at her. We didn't have to say it, but we did. "I love you," rolled off of each of our lips.

This is how we live life; for each moment. We know that these moments will be fewer in the future. This is our life. 

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what...

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Between The Lines

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Friday, January 30, 2015, In : Living 

Have you ever thought how someone else views you? You can ask if they love you, but how do you know the depths of that love?  They may repeat “I love you” in return. But how do you know?

The past day started out as a good day in the terms of my illness. However, my goal for the gym was to ride a bike instead of being on the treadmill. I was having a little skin irritation from wearing my knee brace (I wear a special brace to prolong having a knee replacement) so I was going to be limited i...


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Time to Celebrate Our First Anniversary?

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Friday, January 9, 2015, In : Living 
"But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." Matthew 24:36 NIV

While this verse talks about the second coming of Christ, according to the Holy Bible, many think of this verse to explain moments and events in one's life. Events that we don't plan for nor wish to experience. Life changes that we don't plan for. Such is today, our first anniversary.

When we think of an anniversary we do so to commemorate a wedding or other happy event....
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First Steps

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, In : Living 

After the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve there is a family tradition of opening the front and rear doors of our home after midnight, which I first witnessed when staying in the care of my grandma many New Year's Eve's ago. The symbolism is that of sweeping out all the negative energy and events that linger in our homes and welcoming new positive energy. 

As I look back at the end of the year 2014 I wonder what I will be sweeping out and what will be ushered in. What is the negativity o...


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Hope and Thanksgiving

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Friday, November 28, 2014, In : Living 
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29:11

When one discovers that they have a disability, the usual course of action is to keep others out, to shy away from the world. You question why this happened or what did I do to deserve this? You wonder what's in it for me or even why me?

Have you ever thought "why not me?"

Each one of us is born with unique abilities. Hope, an eighteen year-old young lady who...

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Love is Patient

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Sunday, October 26, 2014, In : Living 
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
1 Corinthians 13:4 - 7

When we hear or see these lines we typically think of the reading from the Holy Bible presented at a wedding. These lines can be seen on on various plaque...

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Slow Down by Speeding Up

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Monday, September 22, 2014, In : Living 
Wow! I can't believe it's been a month and a half since our last posting. That is what happens when you are living life to the fullest; when you are living life the right way. It seems that time has been operating on full throttle. 

Sometimes, you don't ever want to stop the ride that you're on. You want to keep going on and on and on because the feeling is just so great. That is how this past month has been. Yes, there have been bad days mixed in with a lot of those good ones, but that is liv...
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One Day At A Time

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Friday, August 8, 2014, In : Living 
Okay. So it has been about a month since I last blogged and I thought I'd give you an update of where I am.

On July 23, I had my last physical therapy session, for now, and I met with my Parkinson's neurologist. I have been working hard since my initial diagnosis in January to be able to do things for myself and not having to rely on others to help me. Having to rely on walking sticks (or Exerstriders) to maintain my balance when walking was not the way that I wanted to live the rest of my lif...
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I'm No Lou Gehrig, but...

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Friday, July 11, 2014, In : Living 
It was seventy-five years ago last Friday, that Lou Gehrig stepped away from baseball with an iconic speech he delivered at Yankee Stadium. "Today, I consider myself to be the luckiest man on the face of the earth."

Today, I feel the same.

Lou Gehrig played seventeen years for the Yankees. Tonight and tomorrow marks the seventeenth year of my performing as a disc jockey at the Bridgman Fireman's Street Dance. It will also mark my last event as a DJ.

You always desire to make a difference in the...
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A Letter

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Monday, June 30, 2014, In : Living 
Over the last few days I have been experiencing complications from Parkinson's including falling (hypotension, blurred vision, and other physical ailments). It is on days like this that I struggle because I know it brings emotional pain to those who love me.

This was recently posted online and thought it would be great to share with you. Some people say that I have a way with words, but even I couldn't say it as well as this:

Letter to My Family and Friends about Parkinson's

I have Parkinson's D...

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Falling Down

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Friday, June 27, 2014, In : Living 
As a little child we used to play games that would ultimately result in us falling down. When we were really young it was Ring around the Rosie, then it was football in the front yard with the neighbor kids, maybe even a round of Dutch pile, and then we would graduate to real sports. we would find joy in falling down and landing on the ground.

As we matured, we would learn lessons about getting back up, even in the face of adversity. For example, in tackle football if we were knocked down, the...
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One Year

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Sunday, June 8, 2014, In : Living 
One year ago today, June 7, 2014, I married my best friend. We were given the tried and true advice that a real marriage is when you support each other through the good and bad, that you forgive, that you forget. Well, there is no forgetting the last 12 months.

In the past year, our family said hello to two more babies. Two of my sisters welcomed newborns into their homes; one by birth, the other through foster/adoption. But it doesn't matter how they arrived, it matters that they know love an...
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Wiggle Your Toes

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Friday, May 2, 2014, In : Living 
You see, there's an old saying that when you wake up in the morning and you can wiggle your toes then it's a good day because you're alive. Lately, I've had a lot of good days. Waking up in the morning, being able to wiggle my toes, is only the beginning.

For many months I had been having difficulty with minor chores around the house, but lately I have been able to accomplish more and more each day. To be able to vacuum the carpets and complete that task and one day might seem like a minor acc...
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Where Do We Go From Here?

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Saturday, March 15, 2014, In : Living 
A question that many of us have when we first hear news that we were not expecting. "Where do we go from here?" is often the first thing out of our mouths. We want a plan. Something concrete to schedule our days ahead. The beauty of living is that God knows what is going to happen. We don't. So what do we do?

First, we must pray. When Jean and I do, we thank God for giving us this life, even a life including Parkinson's. We don't know what lies ahead, so as we thank God, we ask for the tools t...
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A Whole New World

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Monday, February 24, 2014, In : Living 
Oh how one's world and views within that world change after someone close to you is diagnosed with Parkinson's. Simple things that i once took for granted are no longer so simple.

Parking.  It used to be that I never paid much attention to the handicap parking signs in parking lots.  No, I never parked there, but I wasn't yet aware of how many people do, who really shouldn't.  There are those who park there, with their car running, apparently waiting for someone to come out.  Then there are th...

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Mark Says It, So Does Matthew and Luke

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Friday, February 21, 2014, In : Living 
Each day, I can accept the limitations that Parkinson’s Disease places on my life, but I choose to place my trust in God. 

Life is not easy. It is full of worry, concern. Too many times we place false hope in that someone else will take care of it or it will be okay and not to worry. This mindset of avoidance can topple even the greatest of intentions.

I could have taken that same attitude when the alarm rang at 5:00 am. I could have rolled over, hit the snooze button, and gone back to sleep....

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I Hate To Lose

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Friday, January 31, 2014, In : Living 
During my youth I was a very rambunctious kid. I would constantly test the boundaries of whatever I was doing. At age two I explored the concept of a ladder only to fall off of it at the third rung and receive a few stitches in my head. I tried to take on our dog, a boxer, and lost finishing with a big knot on my forehead. At age ten, playing sandlot baseball I dove for a ball only to come up with a broken beer bottle embedded in my hand. Needless to say, I was on a first name basis with the ...

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My Angel My Hero 

This is the unedited version of a video that I completed for My Angel My Hero, a non-profit whose mission is to bring awareness towards different social causes such as Parkinson's disease. Here is my story of how faith and my wife are my angel and my hero.

 

 

 

 Our Blog Writers Are...

Parkie


Martin Lukaszewski In January 2014, I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. In this blog I will share with you the silver linings of knowing where my life is going, what are my hopes for my future, and how I spend each day.

Caregiver


Jean Lukaszewski I am a Hospice Nurse and have had many patients who endured Parkinson's disease.My plan is to share with you my experiences not as a nurse, but as a wife who with her husband encounter this disease.

 

 

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