Parkinson Pete On Living and Dying with Parkinson’s Disease by Peter G. Beidler
Parkinson Pete on Living and Dying with Parkinson’s Disease, by Peter G. Beidler
Beidler gives a direct, honest, and sometimes funny assessment of what it can be like to face a life and a death with a neurodegenerative disease like Parkinson’s. Most of the writers of the books Pete reviewed in Parkinson Pete’s Bookshelves dealt exclusively with the easy early stages of the disease. Then they mumbled something about the need to keep hoping that a cure is just around the corner. Pete shares that hope, of course, while advising readers how to take charge of their own futures, cure or no cure.During his forty years as a university professor, Peter G. Beidler won all sorts of local and national teaching awards. Yet in all his years of teaching, he never confronted a task as challenging as this one: to convey the wisdom gained from fifteen years living with an incurable, progressive, debilitating disease.
“One of the most powerful books I’ve read. Every chapter, every word has stuck with me. Pete’s honesty and openness captivated me.” —Jean Allenbach, Executive Director, Northwest Chapter of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association
“Pete demonstrates how the fear of death is greatly diminished when we plan, as best we can, with honesty and love.” — Phyllis Shacter, author of Choosing to Die, A Personal Story: Elective Death by Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED) in the Face of Degenerative Disease
“[Pete’s] book offers wisdom and wit to people living with Parkinson’s disease. His honesty and sense of generosity and gratitude reveal a man with courage and an ongoing commitment to the value of communication and connection.” —Rebecca Crichton, Executive Director, Northwest Center for Creative Aging
Peter G. Beidler had just retired after forty years as an award-winning professor when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. A vigorous do-it-yourselfer who had witnessed his sister’s decline from the same disease, he was devastated. Not for long. Fifteen years later, he shares the coping strategies he devised to make the most of the rest of his life.
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