So I have a lot of people ask what fiction I’ve been reading lately (… I have a bit of a reputation), so i’ve compiled a list of all the other books (aka fiction, fluff and fun) that I’ve taken to the beach with me this summer!
Dr Thomas Graboys was a cardiologist at Harvard Medical and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, celebrated for his rapport with patients.
At age 49 he began with battle with Parkinson’s disease and progressive Lewy Body Dementia.
This book chronicles his diagnosis, retirement and day-to-day physical, mental and emotional struggles. His story gives a voice, not only to persons diagnosed, but to family members and friends affected by this degenerative disorder. I think people affected by Parkinson’s will resonate with and find courage and comfort in his inspiring words.
“extract pleasure from life … much remains, and there is a life to be lived.”
He gives his own prescription for dealing with Parkinson’s. Dr Graboys would tell you, if you were his patient:
- Be motivated by and accountable to family and friends
- Find a safe space (friend, therapist) to unburden your thoughts
- Accept your new reality and judge each day by the new standard set by Parkinson’s
- Exercise your mind and your body… realize the world is bigger than your illness
- Do something you find comfort in (God, music, running, etc.)
- Have a plan: illness management, the things you want in life.
- Be proactive and take control over the things you can (diet, exercise, socialize, music, movies)
I really enjoyed this book. It is written with honesty and a sense of connection to the greater Parkinson’s community. much love.
Stephen Cope is the director of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living (and who I had the pleasure of meeting and listening to at the NPF/Kripalu Parkinson’s yoga retreat in June!). His book The Great Work of Your Life is a guide to help you on your own life’s journey to find and embrace your true calling, or dharma (click on link to read more).
Each one of us has gifts and has to trust in our own gift: “it is better to fail at your own dharma than to succeed at the dharma of someone else“. Bring every action into alignment with your dharma.
We have responsibility to our gift, and are responsible to give it in the way it is called for, and release all outcomes: “do your work with the welfare of others in mind“.
… in the words of the one-and-only Dolly Parton, “Find out who you are, and then do it on purpose”. much love.