This week for Tanka Tuesday, we’re working on crafting meaningful haiku and senryu. Senryu in English focus on the awkward moments in life making the human, not the world around them, the subject.

First in 5-7-5:

Parkinson's disease—
the shaky termination
of old memories

©2021 Colleen M. Chesebro

Next in 3-5-3:

Parkinsons disease—
the shaky endings
of memory

©2021 Colleen M. Chesebro

This is a difficult subject to write about but one that deserves attention. My brother-in-law suffers from this debilitating disease.

Parkinson’s Disease Statistics:

  • Nearly one million will be living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in the U.S. by 2020, which is more than the combined number of people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and Lou Gehrig’s disease (or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)
  • Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with PD each year.
  • More than 10 million people worldwide are living with PD.
  • Incidence of Parkinson’s disease increases with age, but an estimated four percent of people with PD are diagnosed before age 50.
  • Men are 1.5 times more likely to have Parkinson’s disease than women.

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