Hey PD, I’m Still Me

Damn you PD
You weren’t invited in
Yet like a guest who has overstayed their welcome
You will not leave
You’ve stolen parts of me
Bit by bit, day by day
There were days I looked in the mirror
I didn’t recognize the woman looking back at me
As tears streamed down my face
I whispered
Hey PD, I’m still me

You can not have me PD
You will not break my spirit
You will not win
I claw and fight my way back
The flames of this fire I walk through refine me
The broken pieces have melded together
forming a stronger me
I shout at my reflection in the mirror with conviction
Hey PD, I’m still me


PD you may forever be with me but I will not quit
you will not win
I will never ever give up
I’m a fighter and a rebel
Hear my battle cry
The warrior within is ready to fight
You can’t define me
Like a Phoenix, I rise from the ashes
I spread my wings and soar
As I stand before the mirror, I see the woman I was always meant to be
Hey PD, I’m still me


If not for PD, I would have missed treasured moments
I would not have discovered the courage
to complete a pilgrimage across Sicily
Climb to the top of Duomo in Florence
Experience the most magical sunset at the beautiful white cliffs of the Turkish Steps
Feel the wind on my face after climbing all 1665 steps of the Eiffel Tower
Connect with people all across the globe, many who are now not only friends, but family
I’ve discovered new talents
I have new dreams
I believe true love will find me
There is hope for today and tomorrow
As the light of the early morning sun
shines on my face
I dance with the joy of victory
Hey PD, I’m still me




Photo by Milada Vigerova on Unsplash

Julie Fitzgerald

Julie Fitzgerald was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s disease in 2013. She serves as an Ambassador for The Davis Phinney ...more