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Books telling of experiences with living with Parkinson's

40,000 to One, by Ben Petrick, 2012

Local lad Ben Petrick was a promising young baseball player who was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1999 at the age of 23. Medication helped him to hide his disease from the world, for a few years. This series of stories recounts his experiences from diagnosis in the early part of his baseball career to his time as carer for his young daughter while his wife worked.

A Life Worth Living, by Simon Ingram, 2013

Simon has lived in Northampton, near London, for most of his life. This book is mainly about his life before diagnosis, written with the intention to remind people of who he is and how he got there.  He found writing the book an immense tonic and is hungry for more from life. He is now writing a second book to be called Living by my Rules, and which will cover his life after diagnosis.

Saving Milly: Love, Politics and Parkinson's Disease, by Morton Kondrake, 2001

The story of Kondrake's marriage to Milly Martinez, their life together, her diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, and the "disease politics" that ensued as he worked to get federal funding for a cure.

Lucky Man: A Memoir, by Michael J. Fox, 2003

Celebrity actor Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's  in 1991, but it was not till 1998 that he announced it to the world. This is the story of his life, his career and his campaign for a cure.

Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist, by Michael J. Fox, 2010

Recounts the last 10 years of Michael's life, starting from his retirement from Spin City in 2000, to the new life he built and his optimistic outlook which allows him to appreciate the gifts of everyday life.

 

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