From Our President

FEBRUARY 2020

The Heart of Texas Parkinson’s and Caregivers Support Group [HOTPACS] welcomes you, your family, and caregivers to join us during the month of February for exercise, guest speakers, discussion groups, and much more. These are all designed to reduce stress and improve quality of life.  And our new location is just what the doctor ordered.  We now have room to assist more people in slowing the progression of Parkinson’s disease.  Invite someone to join us.

It’s a leap year, so let’s plan to celebrate all that this longer-than-usual February has to offer!  The 2nd is Groundhog Day.  Punxsutawney Phil reveals the secret of whether winter will last six weeks longer or if it’s going to be called off early.  The 15th is Susan B. Anthony’s birthday.  The 17th brings us President’s Day and sales at every store.  The 25th is Mardi Gras also known as “Fat Tuesday.”  February is African-American History Month.  Are you ready for some football and seven layer cheese dip? The Super Bowl plays out on the 2nd.  Perhaps the most fun-filled holiday in February is Valentine’s Day, occurring on the 14th.  During this holiday we lavish upon our sweethearts our love, chocolate, and flowers.  Whether our sweetheart is with us or not, we have family, neighbors, and friends to show our appreciation and affection.  Remember we love because HE first loved us.

Speaking of touching our hearts, we are filled with appreciation for our volunteers who help make every HOTPACS meetings so successful.

We believe in living life to the fullest, celebrating together, laughing often, and loving always.  We believe we are brought together to care for each other.  We believe in each other in this support group.  –Mike & Debe

JANUARY 2020

The Heart of Texas Parkinson’s and Caregivers Support Group hopes you, your family, and caregivers had a very Merry Christmas, and we wish you a blessed and Happy New Year!

We were delighted that our good friends at First United Methodist Church hosted our HOTPACS annual Christmas Lunch.  They did an exceptionally good job and we thank them!  We were intrigued by the stories we heard from Vivian Rutherford, of  the Public Library and Story-telling Guild; and we were fully entertained with the sing-along and music provided by Gary Stokes who did an outstanding job, singing and playing the guitar.  Thank you Gary, and thank you Kirk for sharing your husband with us!  We also wish to thank Christy Herff and all the good people at the Plummer Movement Disorder Center for their continued support.

By now you’ve probably heard that starting January 7th we’ll be meeting at a new location. The Holy Spirit Episcopal Church has graciously agreed to provide HOTPACS with a new home where we can grow our group.  On January 9th, please be sure to attend “Get Ready…Planning Ahead,” a program designed to help us plan and prepare ourselves, families, and homes for maximum fulfillment, presented by Christi McGowan.

Volunteers, you make HOTPACS fun and enjoyable for everyone, meeting after meeting.  You do an excellent job.  Thank You!  We continue to meet each Tuesday and Thursday to join in exercise, to hear from guest speakers, and to share helpful information with one another when we split into our two discussion groups.  Our next discussion group meeting is scheduled for January 23rd, and it won’t be the same without you,\; so please plan to attend.

We believe in living life to the fullest, celebrating together, laughing of ten, and loving always.  We believe we were brought together to care for each other. This support group believes in one other.  Hope to see you soon!  –Mike & Debe