PatientsLikeMe Parkinson’s Patient Spotlight: Lynette1400

At PatientsLikeMe, we believe in getting to know the person, not just the “patient.” That’s why we’ve decided to interview one patient each month to find out more about how he or she approaches life. This month we are pleased to feature Lynette1400, a two-star member.

What are you thankful for?

A loving husband and family, wonderful friends, having had an interesting and exciting life, Social Security, Medicare, and pensions!

What do you have an abundance in your life?

A) Love and laughter.
B) Time to do all the things I want to do but didn’t have time for when I worked. Because of this, I am busier than ever.

What is your favorite holiday memory?

There have been so many. When my three children were little, we spent Christmas Day at my mother’s. After dinner, she played the piano and my Dad and the whole family, including my three brother’s families, stood around the piano and sang Christmas carols while the children played with their new toys.

It was like the Christmases in our family when I was a child. After the kitchen was cleaned up, the families would all sit around card tables and play card games. The grown-ups would patiently teach us children how to play. Then after that we would have a supper of turkey sandwiches and leftovers. Then on the long drive home we four children would all fall asleep

Describe a typical Thanksgiving in your family.

We have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings, which is planned for about 4 p.m., but we usually get to sit down by 5 or 6 pm. Present are my husband, me, my son and his wife, my daughter and a friend, my brother-in-law and a neighbor of his. I try to include those who do not have other plans for the day or those without family here. Everyone brings something.

It is a lovely and very tiring day for me. This year my son and daughter-in-law are having the celebration at their home, and in addition to the above guests, her parents, a girlfriend and her daughter and her brother will be there. She sets up a badminton net and the younger ones participate. She is a very good cook. I bring two pumpkin pies and probably two chocolate pecan pies.

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