Healing is a direction, not a destination. It’s a line on a map, not a dot.

Jun 23, 2023

So, I’m in the 16th hour of an 18+ hour audiobook by Gabor Maté titled The Myth of Normal. There are so many fascinating accounts of peoples’ journeys with illness, trauma, and addiction. It’s all so very interesting... and at 18 hours long, it’s also very exhausting. But it’s worth the effort, to hear and learn the nuances of life as we live it.

The quote above really caught my attention, “Healing is a direction, not a destination. It’s a line on a map, not a dot”, he says.

While SteF and I have been compiling the data for our final grant report from our First BIG Step program™,  I noticed a couple of things.

There seemed to be a correlation between:
1) The people who answered that they exercised 3 or less days per week.
2) The people who said they would NOT LIKELY attend another First BIG Step program if it was offered to them.
3) The people who said they would NOT LIKELY attend a Parkinson’s specific exercise class if it were offered in their town.

It seems like a body at rest, stays at rest. And it also seems like maybe people don’t know which direction to face, when it comes to living with a Parkinson’s diagnosis.

SteF, and Mo, and I are NOT here to HEAL you. We are here to lead you in the right direction towards healing. And when loads and loads of people are all facing the same direction towards healing, it makes the journey a lot less arduous.


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In 2017, PD-Connect was one of only 14 nationwide recipients of a grant from the National Parkinson’s Foundation to expand its High-Intensity Exercise Classes. It also formed an inaugural team (formerly Team NeuroBlasters) and earned 2nd place in the Friends and Family Team category for raising the most funds for the National Parkinson’s Foundation MOVING DAY.

Starting in 2018, MarinLink has partnered with PD-Connect to serve as its fiscal sponsor, signaling its non-profit status as well as its intention to grow. In order to keep offering free classes for people with Parkinson’s through PD-Connect, all donations are welcome.

We are a non-profit organization. All donations are 501(c)(3) Tax-deductible.

If you would like to mail your donation, please send a check payable to:  
PD-Connect P.O. Box 398, Corte Madera, CA 94976
Note: Larger one-time gifts, please pay by check, if possible.

PD-Connect is a fiscally sponsored project of MarinLink, a California non-profit corporation exempt from federal tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service #20-0879422.