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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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How Lucky You Can Be

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Thursday, May 15, 2014, In : Faith 

Part of my morning routine includes looking through various "news" web sites gleaming information to feed my brain. This morning was different. I hesitated for a second when I read the headline, Legendary Coach in Hospice.

This pause moved me to look. You might say looking through the obituaries everyday is a morbid habit, but nonetheless it is a routine that allows me to reflect on the lives of many I have known; some personally, others from afar. This story, though, caused me to appreciate...


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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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Victory!

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Sunday, April 6, 2014, In : Faith 
Last night I watched a basketball team win by one point to make it to a championship game. Their opponent in the next game advanced after defeating their opponent by ten points. It doesn't matter how much they won by when the championship game begins because each team overcame adversity and advanced to this final game.

When an athletic season is over, people don't remember how many points that you win a particular game by, but by how many wins and losses you have. Such is a day living with Par...
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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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How It All Began

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Monday, January 27, 2014, In : Faith 

So why are we blogging? Let me provide you a little insight from my wife who posted the following on Facebook:

January 9

Life can change in an instant. This morning started out pretty much like any other Thursday. Then, suddenly, the words of a neurologist added a new layer to the life Marty and I have. Parkinson's! That word numbed me to the core this morning. The helpless feeling that my best friend is struggling with a monster I cannot fix. I cannot make it go away. He has once again been my...


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A Closer Walk

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Sunday, January 26, 2014, In : Faith 

As Jean and I were going through the tedious exploration and eventual diagnosis, my medical team at the clinic provided me with documents to secure what I thought was a temporary handicap parking permit. Our concern was that we would probably be going through testing and possible physical therapy for a few months and for the very short term having a handicap placard would help us. 

I took the paperwork into the License Center and paid a small fee and they gave me a thirty day permit. They su...


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What Faith Can Do

Posted by Martin Lukaszewski on Thursday, January 23, 2014, In : Faith 

Everybody falls sometimes
Gotta find the strength to rise
From the ashes and make a new beginning
Anyone can feel the ache
You think it's more than you can take
But you are stronger, stronger than you know
Don't you give up now
The sun will soon be shining
You gotta face the clouds
To find the silver lining

I've seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn't ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I've seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand ...


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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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