life in the balance : summer reads

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.

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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.

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“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.

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