My Degeneration

My Degeneration
Title My Degeneration PDF eBook
Author Peter Dunlap-Shohl
Publisher Penn State Press
Pages 110
Release 2015-11-08
Genre Comics & Graphic Novels
ISBN 0271078952

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How does one deal with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease at the age of forty-three? My Degeneration, by former Anchorage Daily News staff cartoonist Peter Dunlap-Shohl, answers the question with humor and passion, recounting the author’s attempt to come to grips with the “malicious whimsy” of this chronic, progressive, and disabling disease. This graphic novel tracks Dunlap-Shohl’s journey through depression, the worsening symptoms of the disease, the juggling of medications and their side effects, the impact on relations with family and community, and the raft of mental and physical changes wrought by the malady. My Degeneration examines the current state of Parkinson’s care, including doctor/patient relations and the repercussions of a disease that, among other things, impairs movement, can rob patients of their ability to speak or write, degrades sufferers’ ability to deal with complexity, and interferes with the sense of balance. Readers learn what it’s like to undergo a dramatic, demanding, and audacious bit of high-tech brain surgery that can mysteriously restore much of a patient’s control over symptoms. But My Degeneration is more than a Parkinson’s memoir. Dunlap-Shohl gives the person newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease the information necessary to cope with it on a day-to-day basis. He chronicles the changes that life with the disease can bring to the way one sees the world and the way one is seen by the wider community. Dunlap-Shohl imparts a realistic basis for hope—hope not only to carry on, but to enjoy a decent quality of life.




The Complete Guide for People With Parkinson’s Disease and Their Loved Ones

The Complete Guide for People With Parkinson’s Disease and Their Loved Ones
Title The Complete Guide for People With Parkinson’s Disease and Their Loved Ones PDF eBook
Author Lianna Marie
Publisher Purdue University Press
Pages 183
Release 2020-10-15
Genre Health & Fitness
ISBN 1557536686

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A diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease is as disorienting as it is devastating. The Complete Guide for People With Parkinson’s Disease and Their Loved Ones helps make sense of what comes next and what can be done, not just for those suffering from the disease but for their family and friends as well. A trained nurse and primary caregiver for her mother, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991, Lianna Marie draws upon over twenty years of education, research, and direct experience. Written in straightforward and easily accessible language, this essential guide aims to help patients better understand their role in their treatment so that they may continue to lead happy and hopeful lives. Topics covered include nutrition and exercise, alternative and complementary therapies, medication and treatment, and what caregivers can do to help. Written by an international expert on Parkinson’s who has confronted the disease firsthand, The Complete Guide serves as the go-to book for comprehensive, easy-to-understand information for all Parkinson’s patients and their loved ones.




My Journey with Parkinson's Disease

My Journey with Parkinson's Disease
Title My Journey with Parkinson's Disease PDF eBook
Author Robert E. Spekman
Publisher Page Publishing, Incorporated
Pages 76
Release 2018-02-22
Genre Biography & Autobiography
ISBN 9781641381741

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I have had Parkinsons disease (PD) for twenty-two years. I am told I have a mild case, but it is still my PD and I live with it 24/7. I would be a gross understatement to say my life was changed forever. Interesting, many of these changes have made me a more compassionate, empathetic, and caring person. In part, this book was motivated by the following premise: Many of us will experience a life-changing event that will cause us to pause and reassess where we are, what we do, and why we do it. For some, it might be the death of a loved one or a personal tragedy. Or it might be a re-awakeningthat aha moment. For me, it was January 2, 1995, when my neurologist said, Mr. Spekman, I have some bad news for youyou have Parkinsons. My life as it knew it crumpled around me. I could have wallowed in self-pity, but I am a fighter and chose eventually to manage my PD. I have adopted a number of Eastern non-traditional approached to deal with my PD. I have a yoga practice, meditate daily, and engage in massage, acupuncture, and chiropractic adjustments. All these different approaches complement my medication, and all contribute to my being very healthy, given the length of time I have had Parkinsons. I will take you on a journey, my journey, starting with denial to depression to, finally, acceptance. This book is more than the story of one mans journey with PD; it is a story of hope and personal transformation. If you permit me, I am going to take you on a journey that began over two decades ago. I have years to travel so do not ask where the destination is or ask if we are there yet. During the course of this book, I will share with you aspects of my life that were previously know to only a small number of people. It is through this intimacy that you will come to better understand and hopefully better deal with adversity that might affect your life.




Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's Disease
Title Parkinson's Disease PDF eBook
Author Dr. Stewart A. Factor, DO
Publisher Demos Medical Publishing
Pages 1024
Release 2007-12-15
Genre Medical
ISBN 9781934559871

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Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disease in the world. Still the only major text on the subject, the completely revised and updated second edition of Parkinson's Disease: Diagnosis and Clinical Management comes at a time when specialists have made important advances in our understanding of the etiology, pathogenesis, investigation, and management of Parkinson's disease. The book includes 23 completely new chapters, and has updated information on: Genetics Pathology Biomarkers Pathogenesis Impulse control disorders in Parkinson's disease Updated outcome measures Complementary and alternative medicine for the treatment of Parkinson's disease Together the chapters form a comprehensive review of the many issues facing PD physicians today. Lucid and easily readable from beginning to end, each chapter may also stand on its own as a scholarly review of the individual subject. Each one is concisely written and heavily referenced for this purpose. The second edition of Parkinson's Disease: Diagnosis and Clinical Management provides a state-of-the-art review of where we've been, where we are now, and where we are going in treating this disease.




Occupational Therapy for People with Parkinson's Disease

Occupational Therapy for People with Parkinson's Disease
Title Occupational Therapy for People with Parkinson's Disease PDF eBook
Author Ana Aragon
Publisher
Pages 76
Release 2010
Genre Occupational therapy
ISBN 9781905944163

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These practice guidelines draw upon the widest relevant knowledge and evidence available to describe and inform contemporary best practice occupational therapy for people with Parkinson's disease. They include practical examples of interventions to allow occupational therapists to apply new treatments to their practice.




Etiology of Parkinson's Disease

Etiology of Parkinson's Disease
Title Etiology of Parkinson's Disease PDF eBook
Author Jonas H. Ellenberg
Publisher CRC Press
Pages 600
Release 1995-03-01
Genre Medical
ISBN 9780824788230

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This comprehensive reference provides a detailed overview of current concepts regarding the cause of Parkinson's disease-emphasizing the issues involved in the design, implementation, and analysis of epidemiological studies of parkinsonism.




The Peripatetic Pursuit of Parkinson Disease

The Peripatetic Pursuit of Parkinson Disease
Title The Peripatetic Pursuit of Parkinson Disease PDF eBook
Author Lindy Ashford
Publisher
Pages 320
Release 2013-10-09
Genre Parkinson's disease
ISBN 9780989326605

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Personal in approach, beautiful in design, global in scope, The Peripatetic Pursuit of Parkinson Disease envisions a better world for people with Parkinson disease (PD). Developed by the Parkinsons Creative Collective (all of whom have PD), it is an anthology of the experiences of over 120 experts at living with PD -- the patients themselves. Join them on a journey from diagnosis, to informed patient, to empowered advocate. Filled with information and inspiration, it's a color-illustrated encyclopedia of PD from the patients' point of view. With nearly one quarter of the voices from around the world, it encourages discussion while it speaks to those newly diagnosed as well as to those who have lived with PD for years. Even medical professionals reading the book have found new perspectives on what it is like to live with PD. It delivers much more than the basics about this chronic, progressive, neurological disease. The authors share their stories and strategies on how to improve health, quality of life, and wellness in spite of PD. They also present opinions on how to speed the development of new treatments and how to face other life challenges that come with PD. --For those with PD, it's a support group between two covers; and for everyone else, it's a window into the world of PD.