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.