An Unexpected Diagnosis

I’ve been asked “have you given up writing” as I haven’t shared a post since the new year. I will continue but took a break from the blogging world to take the time to adjust to receiving an unexpected diagnosis. Let me start at the beginning and let you know how I’m doing now.

After getting a good health report at my annual physical last fall, I casually mentioned to my nurse practitioner that I was having occasional tremors and a constant burning pain in my left hand. I also mentioned that my husband had noticed that I seemed to be moving slower. She referred me to a neurologist who did a series of tests and right before Christmas I was diagnosed with Parkinsonism. Parkinsonism refers to a group of neurological diseases that cause Parkinson’s type symptoms, with Parkinson’s Disease being the most common. It is a disease that causes damage and loss of nerve cells in the brain which creates a decreased level of dopamine. The result is that your body movements become slow, small, stiff, shaky, and unsteady. As we get older, we might expect to have some health issues but before now, having Parkinson’s would never have entered my mind.

The disease itself is hard to diagnose but after further tests I’ve been told that everything is pointing in that direction. To rule out other conditions with symptoms that imitate Parkinson’s, over the last two months I’ve been given medicines that are commonly used to treat Parkinson’s by correcting the dopamine deficiency in the brain. If I respond well over the next two months, it will confirm a diagnosis of Parkinson’s, because other conditions with similar symptoms do not respond as well to the medications. So far, there has been significant improvement in my walking and no tremors. While the disease is not curable, it’s also not fatal. My husband and I both agree that there are many more diseases that are much worse and we will both learn how to deal with this.

While trying to adjust to this diagnosis, I stopped my writings. I wasn’t creating any new recipes, I found simple cooking tasks in the kitchen took longer and started letting my husband, who is a great cook, make more of our evening meals. Now that I’m doing better I realize that one of the best things I can do for myself is to restart my blogging but maybe not post as often as I did last year. I get a lot of happiness from sharing my travels and recipes with others and you, my readers, will keep me motivated and feeling appreciated.

Finally, after two years of not traveling, my husband and I recently returned from a two week cruise in the Caribbean with four good friends. It was just what I needed, a total escape from months of worrying about medical problems I have been experiencing. So now you know “where I have been” and hopefully you will stop by for a visit when I share my latest travels and recipes with you soon.

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163 thoughts on “An Unexpected Diagnosis

  1. Oh jeez. I can totally relate. There’s no playbook for what happens as we age, so whenever something happens, it’s a complete surprise. I’m glad there are medicines that can help. And glad you can still travel!

    1. Thank you Kiki, for your kind words. I decided that by sharing my experiences with my friends and readers, it would keep me motivated to continue with something that I enjoy so much.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing your diagnosis with us. You have a wonderful, positive attitude about it. I’m so happy to hear you were able to go on a Caribbean Cruise! I hope you will continue to improve and make take many more memorable journeys!

    1. Thank you Beth, it is very important for me to keep positive, thank you for your kind words. Yes, we loved getting away on our cruise.

  3. I’m so sorry to hear this, Karen. I know other friends with Parkinson’s and the drugs can work well so I do hope you respond positively to them. Good to know you’re travelling again and I look forward to more posts and, as you say, I’m sure that will be really good for you. K x

  4. I am so glad that you are responding good to the medication and doing better now, Karen. As long as it is under control and progress aggressively, you are still capable to live as well and long as those without it. If blogging and sharing your traveling experiences make you happy, DO IT!
    angiesrecipes
    http://angiesrecipes.blogspot.com

    1. Thank you for your encouraging words Angie. I do love blogging and the reason is because of the wonderful people who I’ve “met” on this blog, like yourself, over the years.

  5. Dear Karen, I know this must be completely overwhelming. Sending loads of warm hugs and positive thoughts your way. Keep traveling and stay active within your limitations. The blog will always be here if you want to come back to it.

    1. Thank you Bobbi, for your kind thoughts. It was an overwhelming feeling that did take some time to come to grips with as I’ve been so fortunate to have been so healthy my whole life. The blogging world is definitely something I want to stay connected with. I have the most wonderful readers from around the world that will help keep me motivated.

  6. Hi Karen, I am one of those readers ‘wondering what happened to Karen.’ Thank you for sharing your situation and best wishes for managing your symptoms as best you can. I am looking forward to more delicious recipes and tales of your travels. All the best.

    1. Hi Suzanne, I felt I had to let my friends know what had happened. I know over the years when some of my blogging friends stopped writing, that I wondered why they just stopped without an explanation. Thank you for your sweet words and wishes.

  7. Karen, thank you for sharing your story. I know from experience that when you are hit with a life changing event it takes some time to gain your equilibrium. Life is so unpredictable, beautiful and. hard. Do what makes you happy. Sending you hugs.

    1. Thank you for the hugs and support Bernadette. 😊 It really takes some time to adjust to a diagnosis that will now become part of my life.

  8. You have been missed! I’m very sorry to hear about the diagnosis, but fingers crossed that it all stays manageable. I’m so glad you’ve finally been able to have a holiday. I’m looking forward to seeing your new pictures and recipes. Best wishes, MD.

    1. Thank you Mad Dog, I’ve missed connecting with all of my friends. I thought I might get a chance to meet you this year as we booked a cruise from Barcelona to Istanbul for May but we just cancelled. Too many unknowns in our world for now…perhaps another time. 😊

  9. You definitely were missed. But taking care of yourself in whatever way feels right for you is most important. Sending healing thoughts and lots of love your way.

  10. Your outlook on life is amazing. Came across this quote…”Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger & more resilient.” That’s definitely you my dear friend.

  11. Yikes. That had to be especially frightening, especially in the beginning before any kind of diagnosis. At least when you have an idea of what you are dealing with, you can start to actually deal with it and wrap your brain around the implications of a new disease and the changes in your life that are part and parcel of this new uninvited guest. I am grateful that there are good protocols for Parkinsons and I’ve known personally of some wonderful success stories in term of management of this. You are right in that there are diseases worse than this, but that doesn’t affect the reality that this is new and important to you. I’m glad that you are on a treatment plan and that the tremors have eased and movement easier. I will look forward to every post — long or short — whether it is about your travels or food or even sharing your new life. You can be a wonderful example to all who deal with a physical challenge of any type. Sending love and healing wishes.

  12. I’m glad you took some time to adjust to your diagnosis & re-establish priorities. Health problems can change our outlooks. As an RN, I can recommend a smart watch to help with your new medication management. Parkinsonian meds are time dependent and the frequency you need to take them change over time. Reminders help manage symptoms with the meds. Keeping a symptom journal will help your neurologist.
    Keep doing the things that bring you joy.

  13. Karen, thanks so much for sharing this. I’ve been concerned about you — I always am when a friend disappears from that WWW thing. And so sorry to hear about your Parkinsonism. Glad, though, that you’re responding to medicine. I have some friends who have dealt/are dealing with Parkinson’s, and it’s a challenge. So I feel for you. Probably a good thing to dial back your blogging activity in the future — something I’ve been contemplating myself lately. Glad you got to take a cruise — such a great way to relax. Do take care. And although I’m sorry to hear your news, I’m glad to hear from you again.

    1. Hi John, Thank you for your kind words and I appreciate your concern. I probably should have written this post earlier but I had to be in the right place in my mind. The cruise did me a world of good, it was on the new Regent Seven Seas Splendor. I know you have cruised with Regent yourself.

  14. My thoughts are with you Karen. So glad that you will continue to keep us updated on your travels and wonderful cooking. Thank you for sharing with us. Being a part of a blogging community can bring strength and encouragement. We are there for you and wish you the best in managing your treatment. I love your positive attitude. We can all learn something from that.

    1. Thank you Penny, it is really good to hear from you. I totally agree with you, my blogging friends will difficulty give me the encouragement and strength and it will be much appreciated.

  15. Hi Karen.

    I am a long time reader of your blog. I’m sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I hope the medicine will continue to help.

    Recently, I had an unexpected diagnosis that terrified me. I am single so it is a bit harder to deal with things. I have accepted it now and am continuing with my life.

    Carrying on and moving forward with the things you enjoy is the best thing to do.

    Best wishes for you, and may the disease not progress.

    Julie Durant Oregon, USA

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    1. Hi Julie, I’m always thrilled to hear from someone who has been following along silently for a long time, thank you so much. I appreciate your words of encouragement and I’ll send them back to you along with a virtual hug. I do hope you overcome your illness as well.

  16. Oh Karen , I was wondering what happened to you. I am so sorry to hear about your diagnosis but with good drugs and a positive attitude you can manage and make the best out of it. I am so glad you are sharing this and continue to blog . Wishing you the best and virtual hugs.

    1. Thank you Larry, I appreciate your kind words. I’m having a problem once more on Blogger sites with leaving a comment. I hope you continue successfully with your efforts to lose those last pounds and that your hip replacement goes well. 😘

      1. I really missed hear from you. Im sorry by your diagnosis.
        And so good you are better.
        Send you hugs and love .
        Take care dear Karen❤❤

  17. Karen
    So sorry for your health situation. So glad to see your post and read that you went on vacation. As a survivor of stage 4 ovarian cancer, my advice is to think positively and continue to be active as best you can, leu your followers know how you are doing from time to time. Wishing all the best for you.

    1. I appreciate your advice Jovina, I can appreciate all that you have gone through to overcome cancer. Thank you so much for your kind words and wish.

    1. Thank you Ronit, yes the medications have made a big difference already. I’m happy that you will be looking forward to future posts. 😊

  18. Hi Karen, I was literally just thinking of you this morning and how we haven’t seen any recipes or notes from you in awhile.
    I’m sorry to read of your health issues but as you and your husband decided, life must go on. And in the grand scheme things, your disease could be a lot worse.
    I wish both of you peace and strength as you travel this road.

    A faithful reader,
    Sheila

    1. Hello Sheila, It is so nice to hear from you, I hope all is well with you. I know some people are far worse than I and am lucky to have the support of my wonderful husband. Thank you for your kind wish.

  19. Sorry you are having to deal with this diagnosis but so glad there is a medical plan in place that is making a positive difference. A loved one spent the week in the hospital this week and has some challenges ahead so I can relate to the worry that is associated with this. I smiled at the joy I could feel when you wrote about your recent trip with friends Good for you! Take your time but know the blogging community will be here and will be supportive.

    1. Thank you Judy. The support that I am receiving from you and all the others in our blogging community is incredible and something that I will never forget. I know that it must be very troubling to have your loved one in the hospital and my thoughts are with you both.

  20. Oh wow, what a shock but thanks for sharing your news with us. I sincerely hope you will carry on blogging but obviously if you do not feel up to it…… Glad the cruise has helped. Take care and my thoughts are with you.xx Diane

    1. Hello Diane, yes it was a shock as I’ve seen many of us have the occasional hand tremor, it seems it comes as we age and didn’t think too much of it at first. I get so much pleasure from connecting with my wonderful blogging friends and will definitely keep it up as best I can. There is a problem leaving comments to those on blogger so I hope you get heat back soon and an early dose of spring warmth.

  21. Karen, I am so sorry and I have been missing you and wondering what was going on. It seems that I hear so many friends that have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s. They have all adjusted and seem to be doing really well. I know your cruise was what you needed. Take care of yourself and you will be in my thoughts. Sending hugs !

    1. Thank you Pam for your kind message and hugs, I certainly do appreciate them. 💕 Hopefully I will be like your friends and do well on the medications. Yes, the cruise really helped me relax and forget about my worries.

  22. I’m sure that cruise was exactly what you needed, and your positive attitude will serve you well. My mom always said, “Growing old isn’t for the faint of heart”. I finally understand what she meant as my husband and I navigate our own health issues … fortunately, nothing overly serious but it has curtailed our travels. I look forward to your future posts.

    1. Hi Ingrid, it is lovely to hear from you as you are missed from the blogging world. Your mother was right about growing old, Let’s hope that the health issues we all face can be managed well enough to continue enjoying the friendship and beauty that surrounds us each day.

  23. Thank you for letting us know what is happening in your life. I was afraid to open this post, to be honest. Although Parkinson’s is not what anyone would want to hear they had, you are right, there are worse diagnoses. I think like everything, attitude plays a big part and you sound like yours is positive. I look forward to your fabulous posts and am very glad you got away on a cruise. Sending hugs. xo

    1. Thank you Darlene for your kind words of support. While Parkinson’s presents problems, I very well could have had a worse diagnoses. The cruise and now all the kindness I’ve received from my blogging friends definitely helps.

  24. Hi Karen, thanks for sharing such an intimate thing. I sense from how you’ve written that you’re looking at the provisional diagnosis with an open and well informed mind. I think it’s important to look at the challenge of a provisional diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease in such a way.
    It’s great that the medications have given you back some control in your movement and renewed a desire to write here so your friends and followers can cheer for you along the way. I hope this approach keeps you buoyed and motivated in your approach to this new challenge in life for you and for your family.

    1. Thank you Gary, I’ve definitely tried to keep an open mind since being diagnosed with Parkinsonism. I know that you can appreciate why I decided to share this post. After months of having brain scans, physical tests, clinical observations in the subsequent appointments with my neurologist and now medications, I have to continue to have patience waiting for the certainty of this diagnosis. I know it involves a positive response to medications I am now on and then move forward. It is the response I had from friends like yourself who will definitely keep me motivated.

    1. Thank you for your nice wish Tania. The medications have really made a difference so hopefully now I’ll be able to get back to sharing posts with me friends.

  25. Hi Karen, Sorry to hear what you have gone through… Glad you have responded to the medicine well, and be able to blog,, and travel. Sending you love, huggs.

  26. I’m so happy to hear from you, and even happier to know that you’re pushing forward through all of this. I’m so inspired by your courage. You deserve that cruise now more than ever!

  27. I’m so sorry to hear of your health issues. I read your blog off and on and have always enjoyed it from afar (located in rural midwest). I have a couple friends with Parkinson’s and they have done very well, so hoping the same for you. we never know what life will bring us, so the best we can all do is be grateful for each day. Blessings to you and your family. Hoping to read more in the near future!! /Lee

    1. How lovely to hear from you Swanlzs and I appreciate your kind words of encouragement. Thank you so much for leaving your kind comment.

  28. I too, had been wondering about where you had disappeared to, but with the last two years of Covid, I didn’t allow my mind to speculate. Fortunately, your diagnosis is treatable and I am happy to read that you are responding well to that treatment. I look forward to reading about your travels and delicious recipes. I wish you all the best.

    1. Hi Eva, It seems a lot of my blogging friends wondered what had happened, I should have written long before but needed to take my time accepting what lies ahead. Yes the medications have worked very well and I can now more forward. Thank you for your wishes.

  29. Glad to see you back here in BlogLand. I was concerned for you. I am glad the medications are working well and you are able to write and share and continue with even more travel like your cruise. Staying positive, having beautiful Faith in God and enjoying the fun will help you continue down the path of life …the best way forward. So glad to hear from you! And look forward to reading more great recipes and travel posts! Hugs! 🙂

    1. Thank you Nancy, for your very kine words of support. I so appreciate when you reached out to me before, hoping that I was OK, that meant a lot. ❤️

  30. I agree with Chef Mimi that there is no playbook for what happens to us as we age. I’m happy to see you again, Karen and wish you well. You and your dear husband are obviously a very good team and your positive attitude will get you through this. Happy to know that you enjoyed your cruise with friends. 🤗

    1. Hi Sylvia, aging does present its problems but as my husband says, “it beats the alternative”. We do make a good team and I don’t know what I would do without his love and support. Thank you for your words of encouragement.

  31. I am sorry to hear about your health issues. You seem to have a wonderful attitude which is very important! I hope the meds work for you. I have missed your posts. Glad to hear you were able to take the cruise!

    1. Thank you for your kind thoughts Penny. Yes the medications have really worked well and the cruise gave me a real boost and was very relaxing.

  32. Thank you for sharing Karen, I was wondering what you were up to and hoped you were off on a travel adventure…I’m glad you have medicine, knowledge and a wonderful spouse to help you meet your challenge. I’m happy to know you did get to go on a lovely cruise with friends, and also glad you want to continue your blogging. Blogging has really been a special way of coping and staying sane these past few difficult years, so many special friends and people we can share with virtually! Take care, and keep the positivity coming!
    Jenna

    1. I know that you have had your own difficult times Jenna and so your words of encouragement mean a lot to me. Thank you very much.❣️

  33. Well dang, Karen, I’m sorry for what you’ve been experiencing and will keep you in my thoughts as you experience treatment and hope for positive results. I want you to get back in the kitchen as I enjoy both your recipes and lovely photography. Take good care.

    1. Thank you Linda for your support and your comment brought a smile to my face. You are one of my loyal followers who not only tries many of my recipes but lets me know that you and your friends have enjoyed them. There will definitely be more to come. Just want to let you know that for some reason my comments don’t go though on your blog as well as many others but I’m reading about your time spent in your newest home.

  34. No words….except persevere and get back in the kitchen where you can feel comfort and solace. Do take care!

  35. I noticed you hadn’t posted anything in the new year and hoped you were on vacation somewhere exotic. So glad that you are responding to treatment and able to travel. I’m sure the cruise was just what you needed. Stay positive and take care!

    1. I wish I had been spending time in some exotic location Jan but the cruise was a wonderful respite from the real world for awhile. 😘 Thank you for your kind words.

  36. So glad to hear that you’re doing better! I’ve cut back on my blog posts due to a lack of inspiration- it gets harder and harder to come up with new recipes. However, I’m getting more inspired now. Keep up the good work!

    1. Thank you Fran, for your nice comment. I know exactly where you are coming from. After ten years of blogging about food, I now seem to be cooking the comfort foods that I have written about in the past.

  37. Oh Karen, I’m so sorry to hear that! I really hoped that you were away somewhere amazing and that you didn’t have time to write. I’m wishing you the best with the diagnosis and that you respond well to the treatment. BIG HUGS xxx

    1. The big hugs and wishes are much appreciated Lorraine. I wish that I had been away somewhere amazing but the days of traveling have changed so much for us all. The Caribbean is not the first place to travel for someone living in a beach town in Florida but the two week cruise couldn’t have been better.

    1. Thank you Liz for your prayers, they are very appreciated. It helps so much to know that I have so many people rooting for me, I’m overwhelmed with the kindness I have received.

  38. I’m so glad you felt you wanted to share such a personal part of your life with us, Karen. That way we can support you. There is no way to prepare for such a diagnosis, and it is just true, although I balk, with age come a few more hiccups, despite our previous years of excellent health. I am glad to hear that your zest for life, with cooking, friends and travel being a large part of your joy, has returned and that’s such a good boost to your health. I hope the journey to a final diagnosis will not leave you too exhausted, and once you know what you’re dealing with, you will be able to move forward without the anxiety of waiting for medical information. I do wish you well, and expect your overall good health and positive life attitude is going to serve you very well. Thank you again for sharing. We care.

    1. Thank you Debra. It is the kind words from friends like yourself that will motivate me in the future. I have always told me husband that I have The Best blogging friends in the world and you all mean so much to me. ❤️❤️

  39. Take as much time away as you need. Health comes first. Wishing you all the best as you battle through your symptoms. Just know we are all behind you, offering strength and support.

    1. Thank you Carolyn for your words of support. The medications have helped tremendously and I will slowly get back to visiting and sharing with my blogging friends.

  40. Oh Karen, I am so sorry to read about the Parkinsonism diagnosis. I hope the medication works for you and no rush to get back to blogging. Real life is so much more important, as well as healing. I am glad you managed a cruise away with friends. Be well xx

    1. Thank you for your lovely comment and wish Tandy, The cruise did me a world of good and medications are working amazingly well. I’m looking forward to sharing more posts with my friends.

  41. Oh my gosh – I’m so sorry to hear this news, Karen. However, you sound like you have the best possible outlook in that there are many other diseases that would have been much worse. Hang in there! And for the record, I love (!) following along with your travels. I’m happy to see that you’re going to return to the blog…even if it’s not quite as frequent as last year. Hang in there, my friend!

    1. Thank you for your words of encouragement David. I’m happy that you have enjoyed my travel adventures in the past and I look forward to start sharing more in the future.

  42. Hello Karen, that was surely a unexpected diagnosis and a scary one. It’s understandable that you’ve taken break from blogging to take some time for other aspects of your life and healing. I’m so glad the medication is helping your walking to improve, modern medicine is truly a miracle. I’ve been horrible at keeping up with my blog (worse than normal LOL) in the last year, not due to illness fortunately, but we’ve just been so busy at home. I’m happy to see this update and I will certainly be checking up on you and looking for updates and new posts!! I’m so happy you got to go on a cruise, sounds like the perfect getaway!! Sending lots of love and prayers your way, my friend 💙💌

    1. Thank you for the love and prayers that you have sent my way Marcelle. The medicines that I have been prescribed are working very much like a miracle…the results so far have been great.

  43. Karen, I wish you all the best as you navigate this new health concern. I get how overwhelming and worrisome it can be. I’m so glad you had a reprieve from it on your cruise with friends—that does so much for a weary heart and mind! Sounds like you have amazing support in your husband and a positive attitude to take on anything that comes along. You have cultivated a community of readers who will be delighted to see future posts whenever you choose to resume writing. Hugs and blessings to you blog friend.

    1. Thank you Judy, your lovely words of support, they are very much appreciated. I have always said that I have the most wonderful group of blogging friends and the outpouring of kindness that has been offered here has brought tears to me eyes.

  44. Oh Karen, so sorry to hear this, but so happy the meds are working. We are sending you lots of hugs and prayers for you! We so appreciate your friendship and love, love your writing and travels! Keep us posted on how you are doing, we cherish your friendship, and it means so much to us!
    Love,
    anna and liz

    1. Hi Anna and Liz, my thanks to you both for your friendship and kind words. It is the support from readers like you that will keep me motivated.

  45. Dear Karen, I am sorry you have been diagnosed with this, but you seem to be very level-headed about it and it sounds as if your medication will help you get along with fewer symptoms. Let’s hope you can continue to travel, cook and generally enjoy life and carry on sharing it all with us for years to come! 💕 Wishing you all the best, and I look forward to hearing about your latest trip. 🤗

    1. Thank you Cathy for your words of support and kind wishes. Who knows what is going to happen in this crazy world but perhaps we will make it back to Germany and we will be able to meet some day in the future.

  46. I am so sorry Karen! I will be praying for you and wishing with the proper treatment you can overcome the symptoms. I hope you give yourself time for healing. ❤ We will be here waiting for you!

  47. I’ve had my blog for ten years now and you, dear Karen, have been one of my very early follows. I’ve known I wasn’t likely to ever move out of my comfort zone so have been happy to enjoy your travels immensely. Now that travel restrictions have eased, I look forward to experiencing some more of your adventures. From a distance. 🤭😘

    1. Hi Mary, I hope that I will be able to continue sharing new travel adventures in the days ahead and appreciate how much you enjoy them. Thank you for your lovely comment.

  48. I’m sorry for your diagnosis but am so happy you are feeling better and are hoping to get back to blogging more in the future. Take care.

  49. How wonderful to see the outpouring of support for you Karen. The blogging community is truly amazing. Thank you for letting us know why we have missed you. My fingers are crossed that the medication helps and I look forward to reading more about your travels now things are opening up a bit.

    1. You are so right Liz, I can’t believe the outpouring of support that I have received from readers like yourself. I know that in the past, I’ve wondered what happened to bloggers that stopped without explanation and felt I needed to let my friends that stop by here so often know what was happening. Thank you!

  50. Karen, I was sorry to read this and wishing you the very best. Taking a break is needed! Happy to read you’ve come back from a fantastic cruise with friends.

    Best,
    Velva

    1. It is lovely to hear from you Velva, thank you for your wish. Yes, I think you could say that the cruise “was just what the doctor ordered”. 😊

  51. I am so sorry to hear, Karen, and at the same time admire your openness and the way you are coping. I hope your health improves and that you can travel more. A big, strong hug.
    Amalia
    xo

    1. I appreciate the big hug Amalia and appreciate your lovely comment. Thank you! I’m doing so much better now that I’m taking medications, what a difference they have made in my life.

  52. I don’t know how I missed this post, Karen, but I do know that I noticed your absence – both you and my friend Andrea disappeared about the same time. One worries, but also thinks that sometimes life gets busy, intervenes and that all is really well. Alas, not the case. I know Parkinson’s isn’t the worst thing that could happen, but it is hard. The good news is that the older it comes on, the slower it advances. And if the medications help, tra-la! Let’s hope they keep helping and I’m so glad you starting to travel again. Take good care! Big hugs, David

    1. Thank you for your kind words David. You are correct about Parkinson’s advancing slower when it appears later in life. That is one thing I can be very thankful about. The two medications have made a big improvement and very quickly. Being able to take our cruise couldn’t have come at a better time.

  53. From the way you write, from the lovely recipes you share, from your joy of travel, one can see that you are strong, resilient and creative. With your husband, I’m confident you will weather this storm. Wishing you all the best.

    1. I so appreciate your sweet and comforting words of support Rosemary. Especially as I know you had to overcome your own serious health problems. Thank you so much. 💕

  54. so sorry to hear about your diagnosis. having had 5-6 months of illness with my broken ribs and wrecked ribcage i can empathise a fair bit with an unexpected health issue. Wishing you all the best! xx

  55. Hi Karen, thank you for sharing with us. I’m so glad you are receiving good care and are so positive. You are a treasure, and your blog posts are always so uplifting (and the recipes so delicious)! Looking forward to your future adventures and blog posts, and wishing you well, always.

    1. Thank you Dana for your kind words here as well as the sweet note that I received. It is wonderful to have friends like yourself as we have followed each other over the years. It is why I decided to continue on with my blog. 💕💕

  56. Hi Karen. I’m so sorry to hear about you diagnosis, and thank you for sharing. Sometimes, that alone can be therapeutic. My mom had a very similar diagnosis. It was very well managed, and she was able to continue to do everything she loved, maybe some with adjustments, but she did them and enjoyed them. I hope this is encouraging to you. I know you’ll be cooking and writing more once things are more figured out. Sounds like you have a great support system, and how wonderful to be traveling again! Talk about a good healing activity. Especially out on the beautiful sea under the shining sun. Sending lots of positive energy your way, Valentina

    1. Thank you Valentina, your sweet words and positive energy are definitely encouraging and it is support from friends like yourself that I have made over the years that made me decide to continue with this blog.

  57. Karen, Thank you for sharing this with you. I do know how hard it is to do. I’m sorry to hear of your diagnosis, but am thrilled that the medications are working for you and giving you some of your life back. I was diagnosed with systemic scleroderma and polymyositis back in 2003. Because it was caught early and I had great doctors, we were able to slow down the progression considerably with the right meds. It’s just been in the past 2 -3 years that I’ve really had to slow down a lot more and like you, it’s the blog that has suffered. But, you have the right attitude – do the things that still give you joy, just not as often. I’m thrilled that you are posting again and even more thrilled that you are traveling. Hang in there Darlin – you’re doing great! Oh, and it’s always a wonderful thing to have supportive husbands! 🙂

    1. Thank you MJ for your lovely note that you have written here. Not only do I appreciate your words of encouragement but I also for letting me know that you have gone through a similar unexpected diagnosis, and told the disease has no cure as well. It is good to hear from others that there are medications that do slow down the progression of these diseases. It sounds like we bother have wonderful husbands. ❤️

  58. I’m so sorry to hear about your diagnosis, Karen! I hope with continue treatment you will be able to continue doing the things you love for years to come. Sending you all my best.

    1. Thank you Thao for sending me your kind wishes. The medications that I’m taking have really helped and hopefully I can continue sharing posts with lovely readers like yourself for many more years.

  59. So sorry to hear about your diagnosis, but thankful there are medications that can help. Praying those will help you for a long time so you can continue to do things you enjoy!

  60. Dear Karen – A friend has brought your post to my notice – about the unwanted Christmas present you received . . . one you did not want but could not return, exchange or pass on. Life. Pretty awful at times. At least now you know and are looked after by the best and have the chance to combine the best care with your willpower to create your own particular life framework. I truly wish you well and trust you and your husband work things out for more than just an acceptable year . . . best . . .

    1. Thank you for your kind wish, Eha. Yes with the medications that I’m on and with the help of my wonderful husband and friends, I should be able to enjoy life in an acceptable way…and God willing, hopefully for years to come.

    1. Thank you for you virtual love and hugs, they are certainly appreciated. 💕 Yes, thank goodness the medications are helping a lot.

  61. Karen, what a tough thing to be going through. But I am guessing that all your virtual friends are here to support you. You always amaze me with all you post about and I have a feeling you will continue to make your life a precious journey. Hugs to you and if your husband is like mine, it’s time he gains some more experience in the kitchen!

    1. Thank you for your words of encouragement Abbe, I really appreciate them. I’m so lucky that my husband is a great cook and always helps me in the kitchen.

  62. It’s always an adjustment getting older but especially if you’re hit with something out of the blue. It’s wise to take the time you need to process and happy it isn’t something more severe and the medication is helping. My graduate school advisor had Parkinson’s and coped quite well. Glad to hear you were able to take a trip and get your mind on more fun things!

    1. Thank you Inger, I’m sorry I’m late in my response to your kind words. Yes, I’m lucky that the medications that I’ve been given are working pretty well.

  63. thinking of you. i have had a lot of health issues over the last 9 months, and it is mentally and emotionally debilitating. sigh … take care

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