These are a few of my favorite Parkinson’s reads:
Just out! The Ribbon of Road Ahead: One Woman’s Remarkable Journey with Parkinson’s Disease 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. Join Carol as she takes you with her to France and Spain, Iowa bike trails, Oregon hikes and more, and even through her DBS surgery. Her story is inspiring, and shows that determination and grit can help those of us with a chronic illness get through some of the more difficult times.
Perseverance: The Seven Skills You Need to Survive, Thrive, and Accomplish More Than You Ever Imagined by Tim Hague – 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 (and his opponents) never expected to win. Hague is truly inspirational in talking about how he lives his life to the fullest with PD. Listen to it if you can. Whether or not you have Parkinson’s, you will be inspired to live your best.
Parkinson’s? You’re kidding me, right?: One woman’s unshakeable belief in overcoming a shaky diagnosis! by Sheryl Jedlinski. Jedlinski was one of the firstbloggers that I followed. Always informative, humorous and a good read. A great book for the newly diagnosed.
Natural Therapies for Parkinson’s Disease by Dr. Laurie Mischley. Dr. Mischley is a researcher at the forefront of alternative therapies for PD. Highly recommended.
Brain Storms: The Race to Unlock the Mysteries of Parkinson’s Disease
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. A must read for anyone with PD and their families.
Parkinson’s Diva by Dr. Maria de Leon.Fun, informative book for women with PD by Dr. Maria who was a Movement Disorders Specialist before she was diagnosed with YOPD. We met three years ago at the Women & PD Initiative conference sponsored by the Parkinson’s Foundation and have become good friends. Maria tells it like it is, with lots of humor along the way. I challenge you to not laugh when you read about her experience after a massage.
Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist by Michael J Fox I recommend listening to this book if you can. Fox is always inspirational and you can almost see the twinkle in his eye as he narrates the book.
Parkinson’s Treatment: 10 Secrets to a Happier Life: English Edition and 10 Breakthrough Therapies for Parkinson’s Disease: English Edition by Dr. Michael S. Okun Two very good informative books written by the National Medical Director of the Parkinson’s Foundation.
Goodbye Parkinson’s, Hello life!: The Gyro-Kinetic Method for Eliminating Symptoms and Reclaiming Your Good Health by Alex Kertin. Keep on moving through dance and more.
Shake, Rattle & Roll With It: Living and Laughing with Parkinson’s by Vikki Claflin. Humorous stories about living with PD.
Additional books recommended by others:
The Brain That Heals Itself by Norman Doige
The Genius of Flexibility by Robert Cooley
Other products I like:
For comfort when flying, I highly recommend Vim & Vigr Compression Socks. They come in fun colors and different levels of compression. The most comfortable compression socks I have ever had.
For itchy scalps, I found this amazing product which is better than what the dermatologist gave me. Klorane Sos Serum with Peony for Sensitive and Irritated Scalp, 2.1 fl.oz.
Collapsible Walking Poles are great for travel, especially when walking on old cobblestones or hiking. I found these on Amazon. TrailBuddy Walking Poles – 2-pc Pack Collapsible Trekking or Hiking Sticks – Strong, Lightweight Aluminum 7075 – Quick Adjust Flip-Lock – Cork Grip, Padded Strap – Free Bag, Accessories (Beetle Red)