Since being diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2004, I’ve been dedicated to talking to people about my approach to dealing with Parkinson’s disease This method has allowed me to lead a fulfilling, productive, and joyful life despite having to deal with this extremely difficult condition. When AARP approached me about doing this wonderfully . comprehensive video for their Spanish-language website, I jumped at the chance to make my message known. I am absolutely thrilled with the excellent job producer Dianela Urdaneta De Ratha and cameraman David Usui created.
Looking back on my career, I realize that I have had Parkinson’s since 1987, the year my restaurant Zarela opened. I wonder if the stress of that endeavor precipitated the onslaught of the disease. But it did not stop me! I had a life plan I aimed to fulfill and I was able to do just that: In a nutshell this consisted of 1.) Open a restaurant 2.) Write a book 3.) Have a PBS series 4.) a line of products 5.) Leave a Legacy (Harvard’s Schlesinger Library bought my papers in 2013.
I’ve managed the condition by engaging in the activities that are key to controlling Parkinson’s: Exercise, Creativity, and Socialization. My life is in many ways dedicated to managing this disease. I exercise constantly (water aerobics, boxing, walking,) I am always involved in a creative business or other project, trying to prove that I can do whatever I set my mind on despite the limitations. I had a bit role in a movie MORONGA and released an album with Humberto Flores, Sad Songs from a Happy Heart. I love to talk to groups about my method of self-healing. And I am constantly cooking and entertaining! It’s a good life.
The video now has subtitles!
You can see it HERE.