Email from Shelley Hultberg
To my amazement my first contact with you was two years ago. I was already set up for exercise since I’d started on Strong Women Stay Young a couple of years before that to help with my ‘lack of balance’. Then the tremor showed up and I was referred to you by Mally Macarty and I read your book—all the way through. The most astonishing thing for me was the list of many things attributable to Mr P (as I call my formidable opponent). I also added Pilates to my regimen and found a grand Pilates trainer in Malmesbury (one who doesn’t think Pilates is the only thing to do.)
And you should see me now. My previous physical therapist is astonished and says I walk like a normal person five years younger. My husband says I am graceful (I like that better). I think my body looks a bit like Madonna with a little less muscle and a little more plump and a lot more sag (I’m 75). I set a goal to maintain what I had but instead I have actually improved. I have taken your advice and been immensely pleased.
And you are right. The neurologists (I’ve been to three) Just are not interested in the exercise aspects. I don’t know why but perhaps we are still dealing with a bunch of doctors who were trained in the no movement period.
I cannot imagine what it must be like for you these last weeks/months. Your sadness (depression sounds so permanent) is palpable. What may I do to help? For one thing I am taking your book down to Louise Coetzee, my Pilates instructor. Can’t think why I didn’t do so before. I wonder if she might have some thoughts about exercise especially for you. So if you hear from her you will know from whence she comes.
Let me hear from you.