Updated: Nov 27, 2020
As we continue our series today, Beautifully Human...
We focus on the beauty of humans and the power in their stories…
Through telling their stories we hope to connect this world. To spread love and humanity...
To show a common thread of beautiful humans…
This week we go to Warsaw, Indiana with Mark Sharp to hear his incredible story...
Wow man, what can you say about such an incredible and inspiring human. If you ever have any doubt about what you can accomplish this would be the man to convince you otherwise.
This man is my uncle. I have known him for as long as I can remember. What I remember early on in life is how active and athletic he was. Always running around with all of us crazy kids.
I remember hearing his diagnosis and not knowing what it meant at all.
He came and spoke at my eight grade graduation and it is a moment I will never forget. I realized then more than ever what his diagnosis meant.
To say his spirit is inspiring is an understatement.
I love this man. He inspires me daily to keep going strong.
The strength he shows in every aspect of his life is truly remarkable.
I am a better human having this man in my life...
Let’s all be beautifully human…
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Mark Sharp / Warsaw, Indiana
Hello my name is Mark Sharp
Here are a few things about my life.
This life with PD has been very interesting and it’s been very difficult.
At my original diagnosis, the doctor described my future with Parkinson’s disease.
He predicted that the disease would progress until there would not be enough medicine to control it,
I would then be bedridden for the remainder of my life.
Then they developed a deep brain stimulator.
The doctor said as Parkinson’s disease progresses we can keep turning up the voltage, until Parkinson’s takes over.
But, For some reason, the medicine required has been adequate.
The. Deep Brain Stimulator has met the challenge.
Making my ability to function, Manageable.
Psalm 34:17 -The righteous cry out and, and the Lord hears them and delivers them from all their troubles.
I have found that having Parkinson’s disease has not changed any of my desire to live life to the fullest. I do not want to miss anything.
When the family says go, I want to be ready. When an event is planned I get all my stuff together.
But when we go, I struggle to keep up and I get tired.
Though a busy schedule is impossible for me,
Being a part of things is wonderful, and I am learning that while nothing worthwhile comes easily, everything that I really need is within reach.
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
God is not looking for extraordinary people.
He’s looking for ordinary people Who are willing to do what He asks them to do.
Some thoughts for those dealing with a difficult life.
When you have extra energy,
Use it, or you might lose it.
Exercise as rigorously and as safely as you can.
Overdoing it or underachieving both are dangerous.
Know your limits, then push yourself to that point.
Be an openly grateful and thankful person,
It is a great pain reliever for you and those around you.
Find a way to come to terms with your life,
What you don’t understand trust to God.
Acknowledge your fears,
Then find the courage to still continue on...
Put others interests ahead of your own,
Thinking of only your own gets really boring.
Do at least one thing every day that gives you a sense of accomplishment.
Add to this list, make it your own.
Waiting at the finish line 2
Melinda and Jeremy have maintained their physical health and are running a half Marathon.
Kelly and I have volunteered to come and watch.
The race begins, our job is to find a restaurant to get breakfast.
When our stomachs are full, we move to the finish line.
Observing the 3000+ participants finishing it is inspiring.
Some fast some barely, some with assistance,
then Our whole reason for being there,
To record Jeremy and Melinda's finish.
With the pressure on,
we totally mess up the recording
it was great to be there.
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