Thumbs Up! Staying Positive with Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s Disease is usually thought of as an older person’s ailment. Parkinson’s is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that starts with shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement, and difficulty with walking and gait. Later, cognitive and behavioral problems may arise, with dementia commonly occurring in the advanced stages of the disease. While Michael J. Fox may have become the new face of Parkinson’s, he didn’t disclose his condition until he was 38, even though he was originally diagnosed at the age of 30. Author Kevin Peyton was diagnosed with it at the age of 26, just before he was getting married. Thumbs Up! Staying Positive with Parkinson’s Disease is both the history of his diagnosis and advice for others beginning to figure out how to deal with it themselves.
Thumbs Up! is conversationally written and overwhelmingly inspirational, even with the obvious challenges and hardships Peyton has had to manage. And while his challenge is Parkinson’s, most of his advice can be applied to other life-changing and challenging problems. Throughout the book, Peyton celebrates those family and friends that helped him get through and are still there with him 19 years later. It’s a short book written easily enough to be a good way to introduce the realities of dealing with Parkinson’s to younger children who are just starting to wonder about why a relative may be acting “stranger” than before. Thumbs Up is a call to optimism, regardless of one’s circumstances and always looking for the best in any situation.
|Page Count||114 pages|
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|Category||Spirituality & Inspiration|