By Joel Havemann
"I'm flat on my again on a sofa that is too brief in a windowless room within the bureau. i cannot even take a seat at a working laptop or computer, less make a keyboard paintings. My legs and arms are shaking uncontrollably. even if i'm simply fifty three years outdated, i've got already been suffering from Parkinson's illness for seven years. And without delay the affliction is winning." So starts off Joel Havemann's account of the insidious disorder that's Parkinson's. Into his personal tale, Havemann weaves obtainable causes of the way Parkinson's disrupts the brain's circuitry, how signs are controlled via medicinal drugs and surgical procedure, and the way humans focus on the disease's mental demanding situations. The paperback variation brings the dialogue of treatment plans and examine completely brand new.
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Extra resources for A Life Shaken: My Encounter with Parkinson's Disease
Dad was raised by his aunt in St. Louis after his parents divorced. I was in college when she died, and Dad actually went to St. Louis to put her a√airs in order, but without taking Mom or me along. Mom and Dad also sheltered me from their own troubles. Both were in psychoanalysis for much of the time I was growing up—a fact that I learned only much later. Mom may or may not have had a drinking problem when I was an infant, ﬁrst in New York and then in St. Louis, while Dad spent the last year of World War II writing press releases for the Army Air Force in Guam.
The features editor left, but I didn’t. It took us a couple of years, but we ﬁnally married in my parents’ house on the day after the 1972 Watergate burglary, an event that didn’t register on our radar screen. More important was the weekend’s other big story, Hurricane Agnes, which closed the New York airports on the day we were supposed to begin our honeymoon and, when we got a ﬂight the next day, followed us all the way to Quebec City, undoubtedly the ﬁrst hurricane since the Ice Age ever to go so far north.
But before I committed to extended therapy, she suggested that I check in with my neurologist again to reassure myself that the cause of my jitters was stress, not something more serious and more di≈cult to reach with biofeedback. So back to Dr. DC I went, demonstrably shakier than I had been when I had last seen him six months earlier. He had to admit that something actually seemed to be wrong with me. At one point in the examination, as I lay on my back, my arms and legs wouldn’t rest comfortably.
A Life Shaken: My Encounter with Parkinson's Disease by Joel Havemann