My Favorite Books and Other Helpful Things

Here are some of my favorite books on Parkinson’s along with a few other items I have found helpful throughout my journey.

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Favorite Books


by Tim Hague and Viking

Hague was diagnosed with YOPD at age 46 and won Canada’s Amazing Race race with his son, Tim Jr., 3 years later.  The highlight of the book is his blow by blow account of the Race, which he never expected to win.

Brain Storms

by Jon Palfreman

Still my all-time favorite. After his own diagnosis with PD, Palfreman, an award winning science journalist, wrote this insightful book about the doctors, researchers, and patients who continue to hunt for a cure for Parkinson’s Disease.

Ending Parkinson’s Disease

by Ray Dorsey MD, Todd Sherer PhD, Michael S. Okun MD Bastiaan R. Bloem MD PhD

The new MUST READ book about Parkinson’s Disease for everyone with Parkinson’s and their care partners.

The Ribbon of Road Ahead

by Carol Clupny

Diagnosed with Parkinson’s at age 49, Carol was not ready to give up.  Instead, she embarked on long distance hiking trips, bike rides and more.

Living With Parkinson’s Disease

by Michael Okun MD, Irene A. Malaty MD, Wissam Deeb MD

Dr. Michael S. Okun, a leading expert in Parkinson’s Disease treatment. A good addition to add to your PD library.

No Time Like the Future

by Michael J. Fox

An instant New York Times best seller, this moving account of resilience, hope, fear and mortality, and how these things resonate in our lives, by actor and advocate Michael J. Fox.

Man’s Search for Meaning

by Viktor E Frankl

A book for finding purpose and strength in times of great despair, the international best-seller is still just as relevant today as when it was first published.


by Brian Grant and Ric Bucher

Brian Grant and Ric Bucher tell the inspiring story about Grant’s rise to fame in the NBA and his battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Not Just Sunglasses and Autographs

by Tommy Burke

Tommy Burke worked in Hollywood for over 30 years before being diagnosed with first Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and then Parkinson’s Disease.

Being Well With Chronic Illness

by Kat Hill & Nancy Peate

Being Well with Chronic Illness is a self-help guide for those with chronic illnesses looking to find a better path to wellness.

Natural Therapies for Parkinson’s Disease

by Dr. Laurie Mischley

Dr. Laurie Mischley is a researcher at the forefront of alternative therapies for Parkinson’s Disease. Highly recommended.

Parkinson’s Diva

by Maria De Leon

A fun, informative book for women with PD by Dr. Maria de Leon who was a Movement Disorders Specialist before she was diagnosed with YOPD.  Available in Spanish. Her companion book is Parkinson’s Diva: Hello, Possibilities!

Favorite Things

Vim & Vigr Compression Socks

For comfort when flying, I recommend these. They come in fun colors and different levels of compression.



These poles were designed by an occupational therapist & gerontologist specifically for rehab and long-term conditions.


23andMe Ancestry + Traits

This at-home DNA test kit with access to 80+ personalized reports estimates your ancestry to the 0.1% across 2000+ geographic regions..


Evolution Cards

Kristie Scott (a Twitchy Woman mentor) shares with you her 53 whimsical and color charged evolution cards for your self-growth and pleasure. 



A Note To My Readers

I love to see your comments and get your emails as we share our collective experiences. But based on a couple of private questions from some of you, remember, I am just a lay person and a patient like the rest of you. For medical and similar advice, you need to talk to your own doctor

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