The Dopamine Chronicles

An almost daily cartoon about Parkinson's


with 42 comments

“I got WHAT?” Any of you diagnosed with this disease probably can relate to the reaction. The Dopamine Chronicles is all about me continuing my art, my toons and so on. So I decided to do (almost) a cartoon a day about Parkinson’s and me.

Written by martyworld

July 8, 2011 at 3:14 pm

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  1. Love your stuff. If you would permit, I would love to reprint some select cartoons of yours from time to time on my blog. Look me over and let me know what you think. Keep up the good work!

  2. go for it Bill, I LOVE your blog!


    August 20, 2011 at 5:59 pm

  3. No, Piper was “Don’t Waste Your Life”


    August 21, 2011 at 11:11 pm

  4. actuall he’s done a number of takes on this (he did don’t waste your tornado also…)


    August 21, 2011 at 11:42 pm

  5. Thanks. Lot’s to think about. I think he’s right.


    August 22, 2011 at 11:04 pm

  6. Thank you for your comics. Being a new DX of YOPD, I am learning that laughter is the best medicine. Thank you!


    September 8, 2011 at 3:58 am

  7. Hang in there Martha! My doc in houston said he’s started treating folks in their 50’s and 60’s that are in their 80’s and 90’s now and the three keys were exercise, medicine and a good attitude. This toon stuff I am doing is as much treatment for ME as it is for folks like YOU! I will post some other links to “parkie humor” later today. Check out the blogroll for Parkie Bill’s links! FUNNY stuff!


    September 8, 2011 at 6:47 am

  8. I love both of your humor Bill and Marty! Can I use a couple of your cartoons for my Newsletters? I have a PD newsletter quarterly as part of our PD outreach program. I believe laughter is the best medicine. Feel free to contact me about it if you agree…


    October 12, 2011 at 2:49 pm

  9. Hi Marty
    Just looked at some of your recent cartoons. You make me LOL! I love your humor. Keep em coming!


    December 9, 2011 at 7:59 am

  10. will do anissa!


    December 9, 2011 at 8:47 am

  11. I just stumbled upon your site and love everything about it. From the clever title to your dead-on funny and/or poignant cartoons, your blog hits the spot. Diagnosed at 53 and always trying to look on the sunny side,” The Dopamine Chronicles” will be part of my daily PD regime. My main blog is about WW2 but you’re welcome to check out Keep up the good work.


    May 15, 2012 at 9:02 am

  12. Awkward! I typed an incorrect blog address. Mine is . So sorry and still hope you’ll take a glance at it. Thanks.


    May 15, 2012 at 9:06 am

  13. not a problem! will look it over later today…


    May 15, 2012 at 9:13 am

  14. Marty, I can’t see the picture on your page about the VA. I just did a write up about the VA for my newsletter I’m working on and I’d love to see this…Anissa


    May 15, 2012 at 9:24 am

  15. Thanks. I’m still fairly new to blogging so am always grateful for feedback.


    May 15, 2012 at 12:14 pm

  16. Loved today’s post about the internet. I have noticed that not even my doctor wants to tell me what could lie ahead. I asked at a lecture a couple weeks ago what the stages of Parkinson’s were, having heard the term somewhere. The speaker paused and I felt answered delicately. So I guess whether its the internet or not, you need a break from the research to just enjoy life. Great post, fun art. Love it.


    May 22, 2012 at 7:13 pm

  17. You got to take it all in process, I love the scripture where Jesus says to the disciples “don’t worry about tomorrow, for sufficient is the evil to the day…” I think what he means is that if you got a jar of jalapenos in the fridge and the lights are still on, we’re all gonna’ be OK!


    May 22, 2012 at 9:43 pm

  18. Martin. I’d love to license your “Agent Orange Corn” illustration for a small veterans’ publication I’m working on right now. Would you contact me at Thanks, Xande Anderer

    Xande Anderer

    July 1, 2012 at 8:33 pm

  19. Really creative work! Love it. Refreshing take on Parkinson’s and dopamine. Thx


    January 23, 2013 at 5:44 am

  20. Marty, love “The nose, Knows”. It is hysterical. You are so creative and so humorous.


    March 25, 2013 at 12:39 pm

  21. Heard about your blog thru Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation. Hilarious! I really appreciate the humor, especially since my blog is soooo serious. ( Thanks for making my day!


    April 15, 2013 at 2:38 pm

  22. glad you enjoyed it magic trick!


    April 27, 2013 at 9:56 pm

  23. Hi fellow Parkie with a super sense of humour! I try to keep on track and keep my sanity by writing about good memories, good friends and constipation (just kidding!). Just stumbled upon you. I was dx’d @ 47.,,7 yrs ago. I was in shock when I found out- felt like a finger in the light socket (kids, don’t try this at home please). If we can’t laugh, what have we got? Cheers, Sue paintingblissfully


    July 6, 2013 at 9:23 pm

  24. Marty, I loved your Parki-zombie and wanted to use it in my nursing class during a presentation about Sinemet…. full credit to you and a link to your blog given to the nursing students, of course. Would you mind? My brother in law has been diagnosed and I can’t wait to share your blog with him!


    September 24, 2013 at 8:26 pm

  25. thanks so much Sue! yah gotta keep laughing…


    September 30, 2013 at 8:45 pm

  26. go for it Donna, you and Sue (see below) made my day with liking my stuff!


    September 30, 2013 at 9:08 pm

  27. Morning Doc Found your blog this morning. Love it. I’m a new Dx. May 2013. HM3 1st Marine D 69/70. Have Gout. Creative career (Potter) Vet of 3 colonoscopies. I think we might be related:-) My Private Neuro started me on Azilect immediately. It has been a wonder- drug for me. I know not everyone is so lucky. He hopes (as do my wife and I ) that I can get 2,3 5 years in before I need additional meds. He had me go to the VA. Never thought that I would be there. The VA neuro who we saw us for 10 minutes told us that he would not write a psrscript for Azilect because it was too expensive and I should ask my private Neuro about cheaper treatments. Not what I expected from an agency that gave me a brochure that’s titled “It’s All about YOU!” From your blogs I know that you can relate. Won’t bore you with details but I am now on a real mission to get the VA to do the right thing. Keep up the great work. I am a new huge fan… Welcome Home

    Steve Andrews

    October 27, 2013 at 9:47 am

  28. Hey Doc! sent you and email. I also have contact with the Vietnam Vets of America Agent Orange Officer that can get you in touch with. Bottomline is you need a Veteran’s Service Officer to walk “point” for you through this. This can be a person at your local VA office (not the clinic) or VFW or American Legion or Disabled American Vets.


    October 30, 2013 at 7:01 pm

  29. Hello, I’ve been reading your blog for quite some time now. I found it when I was doing a little project about PD for a college course. I chose this topic because I knew someone with this condition. I haven’t stopped following your blog ever since, and i think It’s finally time to tell you about it :-).
    I too love to draw, and I find your cartoons very witty and unique. I think you are a very special and talented person. I learn from you about carring on, about self-expression, courage and humor.
    I wish you many years of health and creativity. Thank you.


    May 18, 2014 at 8:38 am

  30. Thank you sooo MUCH for the good words!


    July 20, 2014 at 4:45 pm

  31. Love, love your art and wit! “Laugh Big” is my mantra and I hope to keep my smile!


    August 9, 2014 at 6:52 am

  32. thanks! my grin got a bit bigger too!


    October 11, 2014 at 12:32 am

  33. Marty I am working on a HS PP presentation for a health magnet school and would like permission to use your angry neuron, if I might. I lost your email…Thanks, Anissa

    November 7, 2014 at 1:35 pm

  34. sorry it took so long to get back to you, you have my permission


    November 17, 2014 at 6:49 am

  35. Hey Doc, your humor is great medicine. I stumbled upon the zombie brain searching for dopamine. I’m hooked, as it is great to see some excellent humor. I’m probably about 10 years younger, and have had PD for some years but only in the last year did I get on sinemet.

    Ya, didn’t poop for nine days. Ended up in the ER, getting a cat scan to see if it was a blockage. Nope, just really slow. In the process of that was “hey, no blockage, but you have this thing in your lung….. oh crap. Never a dull moment in Parkie Land…

    You need to get some MRI / PET Scan / CT scan humor in there. I hate being in the tube, MRI is the worst as I started to tremor like crazy as it was like being in a metal trash can with 20 monkeys with hammers pounding on it. Explained to the tech I’m a Parkie, and they had just the thing for me… a hockey mask thing to hold my head to the table. Head remained still, but my tremors were shaking the whole MRI! Last time (PET scan) I said oh screw it and accepted 2mg of Xanax and promptly fell asleep for 40 minutes so they got the scan done.

    Tom Walter

    January 6, 2015 at 10:21 am

  36. Cool fucking blog man


    January 8, 2015 at 12:15 am

  37. And thank you for your service Doc!


    January 8, 2015 at 12:17 am

  38. In the words of the philosopher of the century, Yogi Berra, it ain’t over till its over! (it’s always some darn thing after another) I am currently using the “popeye” method to tell when I got too much medicine. My left eye starts to squint like Popeye! This doesn’t apply across the board though.


    February 18, 2015 at 10:09 am

  39. I am humbled by reading the posts and replies here. I am a research scientist and do a little neurobiology research. Your cartoons are as creative as they are touching reminders of life with PD. I wish to ask for permission to replicate your Angry Neuron. As a tattoo. I’m very serious. You know I am, because I’ve already asked my wife for HER permission, which she granted!


    March 12, 2015 at 2:45 pm

  40. Hi Doc- This is the first time I’ve responded to something like this and realized that my recent post, copied below, was posted as “Anonymous”; it was not my intention to comment as a nameless person. Sorry about that! I am at a small university and do basic research into PD, and have been very interested in following the Dopamine Chronicles. For one reason, as a pure researcher (Ph.D., not M.D.), I think many of the comments posted by you and others here are more than anecdotal regarding symptoms and the underlying cause of PD. For example, you posted recently that when you use your creative skills to draw, your symptoms lessen. It’s biomedical fact that mammalian brains, even as adults, produce new neurons and that many activities stimulate this, such as exercise and “enrichment” (which is basically creative activity). As a basic scientist, these observations fascinate me and make me wonder is there is any therapeutic potential in this. But also as a basic scientists (who uses rats as an animal model for PD), I am loathe to give you or any of your readers any false sense of research progress.
    Respectfully yours,

    I am humbled by reading the posts and replies here. I am a research scientist and do a little neurobiology research. Your cartoons are as creative as they are touching reminders of life with PD. I wish to ask for permission to replicate your Angry Neuron. As a tattoo. I’m very serious. You know I am, because I’ve already asked my wife for HER permission, which she granted!


    March 16, 2015 at 1:06 pm

  41. sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner, I have comments turned off on all the posts (due to getting in flame war over Quackwatch) Do the angry neuron tattoo with my blessing…


    June 5, 2015 at 12:10 am

  42. I’m the same way, for constipation, try Phillips Stool Softener (docusol, is the generic name) I HATE MRI’s, my neuro at the VA was convinced I had had a stroke (nothing showed up!)


    June 5, 2015 at 12:13 am

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