By Joel Havemann
"I'm flat on my again on a sofa that is too brief in a windowless room within the bureau. i will not even sit down at a working laptop or computer, less make a keyboard paintings. My legs and arms are shaking uncontrollably. even though i'm purely fifty three years outdated, i've got already been being affected by Parkinson's disorder for seven years. And straight away the affliction is winning." So starts Joel Havemann's account of the insidious disorder that's Parkinson's. Into his personal tale, Havemann weaves available factors of the way Parkinson's disrupts the brain's circuitry, how indicators are controlled via medicinal drugs and surgical procedure, and the way humans take care of the disease's mental demanding situations. The paperback variation brings the dialogue of treatments and examine completely brand new.
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Extra resources for A Life Shaken: My Encounter with Parkinson's Disease
Finally I called my parents, who lived in northern New Jersey but who that day were pursuing one of my dad’s great passions: playing blackjack at the Atlantic City casinos. They seemed no more alarmed than my children. ’’ Dad said. ’’ That made perfect sense. But somehow it didn’t make me feel any better. Next I went to the local library to read what I could ﬁnd about Parkinson’s. That made me feel even worse. In starkly clinical terms, the ﬁrst medical reference books that I stumbled upon described a disease that was occasioned by the mysterious death of the cells in an obscure part of the brain buried deep under the huge lobes of nerve cells that enable us to think.
We think soberly, perhaps for the ﬁrst time, about our past and future. . Illness gives us that rarest thing in the world— a second chance, not only at health but at life itself. —Dr. Louis E. Bisch, ‘‘Turn Your Sickness into an Asset’’ I’ve never thought of myself as especially introspective. To me, introspection is psychological narcissism—a self-indulgence. A favorite baseball player of mine, Jim Hickman, who played with the Mets and the Cubs in the 1970s, was once asked what he was thinking as thousands of fans cheered while he circled the bases after hitting a game-winning home run during a tight pennant race.
This question cannot be answered with any conﬁdence as long as the diagnosis of Parkinson’s is so uncertain. Besides, there is no central place that collects data from around the country. Consequently, estimates of the number of Americans with the disease range from half a million to one and a half million. Your estimate depends on your point of view. Those who are seeking more money to combat the disease are partial to the higher ﬁgure, while the medical profession leans toward the lower. It seems to me that an increasing proportion of new Parkinson’s patients are younger than 50, as I was.