Have you heard of the six word memoir? Once asked to write a full story in six words, legend has it that novelist Ernest Hemingway responded: "For Sale: baby shoes, never worn." That certainly tells a whole, painful story.
In this spirit of simple yet profound brevity, the online magazine Smith
asked readers to write the story of their own lives in a single sentence. The result is Not Quite What I Was Planning
, a collection of six-word memoirs by famous and not-so-famous writers, artists and musicians. Their stories are sometimes sad, often funny — and always concise.
We thought it might be interesting to ask our patients to write a six word description of life with Parkinson’s. Here are some terrific entries. On tremor:
Now I shake. It’s still me.
Was originally just a pinkie tremor.
Great cooks improvise. Shake ... can't whisk.Other symptoms:
Frozen not cold. Come on feet.
Question. Wait, wait, wait, wait. Answer.
Bradykenisia, hypomimia, orthostatis. Come on, doc!
locking finger ... doctors, tests ... answer, questions
Scuffle, stumble, fumble, but never grumble.
When I fall, I fall hard.Here’s a series that might be saying that Dairy Queen can cure a broken heart:
You Don’t Die From Parkinson’s Disease ....
A Broken Heart Can Kill You ....
Help! Call 911 … Or Dairy Queen!Some understandable fear and questioning:
married, mom, 35, PD ... what's next?
It's me, frightened and stuck inside.Some strength and encouragement:
My name is Kathy, not Parkinson's
Still me. Have hope. Keep moving.
life changes, keep moving, live now
move for those that can not
Parkinson's is the enemy. Let's fight!
We’d love to hear your six words on Parkinson’s. Respond by clicking on the feedback button below or send them to our Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Program Coordinator, Vicki Conte at email@example.com