Tuesday Treasures ~ A New Chapter in Life’s Journey

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899

My older sister Sue who lives in CA has been dealing with Parkinson’s the past 8 years. She constantly amazes me with her strength, faith and energy dealing with the challenges of this devastating disease. Her medications are extremely important and last spring she found herself in the hospital from over medicating. This was a wakeup call for her and the family she needed daily help with her care.

Her daughters have been so helpful even with their own illnesses but it became apparent round the clock supervision was necessary to keep Susie on track living as comfortably and happy as possible at this stage in her fight with Parkinson’s. Hard decisions needed to be made and after Susie living with one of her daughters for a month and having her medications administered on time (so very important) clear thinking prevailed. I’m so proud of Susie for making a decision that was right for her and her condition. She posted this on Facebook after making her decision to enter a new chapter in life:

“I'm so grateful for God's faithfulness as I continue learning about Parkinson's Disease and how to live with its debilitating effects. A new chapter has begun in my life's journey. Instead of living with my wonderful husband, my family has found a place for me to be cared for at Sunrise Assisted Care Community where all my needs will be provided for: a lovely room with my furniture, clothes, favorite paintings and other pictures I especially love (my bunny pictures)!!! Three meals a day, daily housekeeping, laundry, medicines given to me on time (very important) field trips, interesting classes (drawing for me) movie nights – different categories: western, classical, comedy etc. Rod can come anytime so we can spend time with each other, I can go home to spend time with him.

Let me tell you this was a very difficult decision to make! I believe we have been going through the fiery furnace experience, which has not only strengthened our relationship but has enhanced each of us in a way not known before! When you walk through a storm, God is there!”

I am so proud of you sister for taking the bull by the horns and making the move you needed to successfully live with this constant Parkinson’s battle!

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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Hoping that Alan Alda, recently diagnosed with Parkinson's will shine a brighter light on this disease and work toward more effective management and cure !

Aug 07, 2018 06:56 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a life altering decision that was for your sister.  And I love her upbeat take on it.  Thank you for sharing your inspirational beacon in your life with us. A.

Aug 07, 2018 07:18 AM #8
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Dorie Dillard  Not an easy decision but a smart one .

Aug 07, 2018 08:51 AM #9
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

You have to hope for a cure to this disease that seems to be all too prevalent.

Aug 07, 2018 09:03 AM #10
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie that was not an easy decision to make for either your sister, and her children.  I pray it was the right decision.

Aug 07, 2018 10:06 AM #11
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Dorie Dillard - this really hit home.  My mother suffered from Pakinson's.  My father took care of her at home to the end.  It is challenging and not everyone could do it.  His reponse to us was no one can take care of her as well as I can.

Aug 07, 2018 11:51 AM #12
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Dorie - what a smart and well-conceived plan. Good luck and great living to Susie.

Aug 07, 2018 12:22 PM #13
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Oh Dorie,  Those are tough times and difficult decisions to make. She made a good decision.  No doubt she is well taken care of ... and that is the goal. 

Aug 07, 2018 04:25 PM #14
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Wayne Martin : She is something else again I so admire her!

H William Feela : She does have faith and its carrying her through.

Hi Sharon Lee : She is a strong lady and one of determination.

Hi Brian England : She is now in the final stage of Parkinson's but still going strong..she went to the state Fair in CA today with her new friends!

Aug 07, 2018 05:06 PM #15
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Nina Hollander : My mother had Parkinson's and its amazing to see the strides they have made now with my sister having it but don't have it close to being licked!

Hi Sheila Anderson : I do too!

Hi Sally K. & David L. Hanson : I can only hope and pray they find a cure.

Hi Ron and Alexandra Seigel : Once she could experience a clear head she could make some rational decisions!

Aug 07, 2018 05:10 PM #16
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Hannah Williams : It was a tough decision but the right one for them.

Hi Joe Pryor : You are so right so prevalent and still no cure!

Hi George Souto : I do believe it was the right decision for them and she is enjoying her clear thinking and enjoying life. She went to the state Fair with her new friends in her facility to day and was like a kid again!

Aug 07, 2018 05:13 PM #17
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Grant Schneider : My sisters husband is older and in in failing health and not able to care for her needs. He needs care and I think will soon see he needs to join her in her decision. It's hell getting old!

Hi Michael Jacobs : I haven't hear her this happy in months..I do feel it's the right answer for them.

Hi Kathleen Daniels : She sounds so happy I'm so thrilled to her the positive affirmations from her every day!


Aug 07, 2018 05:31 PM #18
Diana Zaccaro
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

That was a very difficult decision to make and I admire her courage in doing so. Her FB post is so positive and uplifting it speaks volumes. She obviously made the right choice.


Aug 07, 2018 07:09 PM #19
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Dorie Dillard - What a heart felt story. Your sister has a lot of courage and the families support no doubt, has made the transition easier. God bless all of you.

Aug 07, 2018 08:03 PM #20
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

My brother in law is fighting this same battle on a daily basis. I keep praying for him and everyone battling this horrible disease Dorie. I will add your sister to this blessing...

Aug 07, 2018 09:09 PM #21
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Dorie

So sorry to hear but it sounds like while very difficult this was the right decision for your sister. I've known several people with Parkinson's, including a past client of mine and one of my wife's uncles.


Aug 08, 2018 07:36 AM #22
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Hi Dorie! Oh, how I wish there was a 'love' button, instead of just a 'like' button. This is such a life-changing disease and like you, it runs in my family. Every time my hand shakes, I admit there is a fleeting moment of fear that passes over me.

I know you're so proud of your sister - she seems so very strong and what an amazing attitude. My heart sank a little when she shared that she had to move into a facility without her husband - I cannot imagine. But, I do know that this is best for her...and for your brother-in-law, Dorie. 

Stay strong and keep the strong faith. 

Aug 08, 2018 09:48 PM #23
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Dorie- I was holding my breath as I read your post. Strength and spirit must run in your family.  Our very good friend had Parkinson's and he never lost his faith or his sense of humor. Like Debe Maxwell, CRS , my heart sagged a bit when I read that she made the tough decision to move to the facility without her husband. There was a couple like that at my mother-in-law's facility and the husband was there to share every meal with her. It is a testament to the love that they have for each other that they're willing to do what is necessary for both of them.  

Aug 09, 2018 05:13 PM #24
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

God bless your sister!  My mom is really fighting the idea of assisted living, but her Alzheimer's has reached a point where the in-home help she gets isn't enough.  I may just print up this post and share it with mom.  Might make a different to know someone else out there is dealing with tough times and similar decisions.

Aug 09, 2018 05:26 PM #25
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

No matter how we try to understand who other people deal with their challenged, we just can't.... i'm wishing you and your family  blessings and strength. 

Oct 09, 2018 07:31 AM #26
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