Monday, December 23, 2013

A Day With Parkinson's Disease, the Complete Archive

This page contains all pages of the Day in Parkinson's series, beginning with the first and ending with the last. 

Now that the project is complete, a few thoughts to close with. First, everybody has a different case of Parkinson's Disease. Some have no tremor, some have strongly predominant tremor. Some progress through the disease stages quickly, some slowly. Some are affected more on their right side, others on the left, and so on. So a day with PD is likely to be very different from one individual to another. 

And one person can vary substantially from day to day. I took notes all day on a day chosen at random to base this narrative on. It is faithful to those notes for that day except for obvious exaggeration for humor, i.e. exploding curry. 

If I seem to be coping well, it's more due to luck than personal virtue. First and foremost I was lucky to marry a person of great steadfastness and understanding. Second I am benefiting from years of patient and difficult research and the imaginative thinking of doctors, scientists and patients who have collaborated over the long run to find the medications and surgical procedures that I benefit from every day. Without them I would be bedridden right now. 

Finally, thank you for reading and commenting. Your thoughts and observations help me to clarify what I do and where it goes. A cartoonist without readers is a bird without a sky.

A Day With Parkinson's, page 6

To see the entire day sequenced in one post, look here

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Page one of a new comic: A Day with Parkinson's Disease

Hi folks, here is the first page of a new multi-pager. I don't know yet how long it will be, but multi, for sure. The plan is to take you through what a day is like with a chronic debilitating and progressive disease that undermines your ability to do just about anything physical. Think of it as positive wallowing, turning frustration, anxiety and misery into art. Ready? 3-2-1- WALLOW!!!!!
To see the entire day sequenced in one post, look here

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Going Pro- Years of Free Labor on the Web about to Pay Off With New Blog Gig

That's right friends, after years of pontificating, complaining, and passing along dubious opinions and thoughts as though they were Gospel, my misbehavior  has resulted in a monthly blogging gig with the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation. My posts will begin in January. I expect that the material I create for them will be similar to what I put up here, except I will be paid for it.

I have resisted past opportunities to make money from this blog as I don't want any questions to arise about who I am beholden to. In writing Off and On, I am and have been accountable soley to readers. In return you have been kind in your comments and your support as followers of the blog. (Which reminds me: Thank you!) I am not worried about being beholden to the NWPF. After ten years experience with them, I have confidence in them as an organization. Plus, they are not paying me THAT much.

I intend to continue Off and On, although I am tinkering with the idea of pushing  it farther into visuals combined with writing. I will post links here to the work I do for NWPF, and they will link back here. If you have topics you think need addressing, I'm all ears. Post a comment to the blog, or email me at

Thanks to readers from around the globe for the precious time you have spent reading Off and On. I hope to continue making it worth your while.