Today on Facebook, the Parkinson's Disease Foundation shared this link to a movie called A Late Quartet. Online, it says this about the film:
"In the film, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Mark Ivanir and Christopher Walken play a world renowned string quartet struggling to stay together as they mark their 25th anniversary in the face of illness and competing egos."
Always curious when the topic of musical careers come up, I so totally did not expect to discover the impact of one musician's diagnosis. As with any unpleasant "news" - whether it be cancer, heart disease, or... yes, Parkinson's Disease - that "wow" just never goes away, does it?
Four years after my hott-hubby was diagnosed with PD, I get Mr. Walken's reaction as portrayed here. Do you know what I mean? It's like, sometimes, maybe that day when Dan came home following his appointment with the initial neurologist was just a weird dream. Was it disbelief? Maybe, in a way... it still is. Even after all this time.
You know, most "wow's" come at an elated high. But this sort of "wow"... well, it's kinda like a strange quiver deep in the midst of your inner belly. And it stays there. Permamently. Forever. A diagnosis that someone you love has an incurable and chronic illness, Parkinson's Disease. Sure, there are days when the symptoms seem almost to disappear. But others remind me of times yet to come and then that awful quiver in my belly resonates deep down. It is then that the "wow" of the initial diagnosis and daily life with PD turns to a "why?" and even a "what the #*^+! ?"
Then, I remember that "God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them." (Romans 8:28)
Please watch and share. The movie is released later this month.