Jim started to stay at home
more and more, and refuse any engagements. Then we did find ourselves
in a very lonely space. I could see that my own husband
was suffering from something, but we didn’t know what it was. I’ve been diagnosed
with Parkinson’s. It slows me down a little bit. But, I’ve learned a lot
about myself with this disease. Are we ready for this? No. Is anybody? We’re trying to fight it,
everybody tries to fight it. But it’s inevitable,
we know that. It’s a given. Take advantage of the fact
that you’re still here. And you still have things to do,
still have dreams to fulfill. That’s what I’ll do. The transition is that
we’ve just organized ourselves to have our families around us,
friends around us and we get involved. I always noticed my husband
was better when people visited. [Laughter] Nice. Never do anything
by yourself, solely. There’s a network, there’s kind
of a web that embodies us. Having people around
forces us to still cook, still engage
in social activities and I saw
that that as the way to go. We make a point
of exercising a lot, and bringing oxygen
to the brain however possible. We live thousands
of miles away from our kids, I’m not too sure
what will happen. That’s a bit of an anxiety, but we’re trying to at least
keep ourselves in good health. No, no, down towards mommy, there’s some strawberries. See if you can find
five strawberries. I see them, I see them! Rather than being anxious
about whatever is going on, it’s accepting it, and in the
acceptance you can work with it. My advice would be
to treasure the connections. Let people know that
you love them, care for them, you’re interested
in their progress. Let them know that. I don’t like the word
retirement, by the way. I like transitioning from
one opportunity to the next.