Discover a world full of books!
Add this book to bookshelf
Grey
Write a new comment Default profile 50px
Grey
Read online the first chapters of this book!
All characters reduced
My Degeneration - A Journey Through Parkinson’s - cover

My Degeneration - A Journey Through Parkinson’s

Peter Dunlap-Shohl

Publisher: Penn State University Press

  • 0
  • 1
  • 0

Summary

How does one deal with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease at the age of forty-three? My Degeneration, by former Anchorage Daily News staff cartoonist Peter Dunlap-Shohl, answers the question with humor and passion, recounting the author’s attempt to come to grips with the “malicious whimsy” of this chronic, progressive, and disabling disease. This graphic novel tracks Dunlap-Shohl’s journey through depression, the worsening symptoms of the disease, the juggling of medications and their side effects, the impact on relations with family and community, and the raft of mental and physical changes wrought by the malady.  
My Degeneration examines the current state of Parkinson’s care, including doctor/patient relations and the repercussions of a disease that, among other things, impairs movement, can rob patients of their ability to speak or write, degrades sufferers’ ability to deal with complexity, and interferes with the sense of balance. Readers learn what it’s like to undergo a dramatic, demanding, and audacious bit of high-tech brain surgery that can mysteriously restore much of a patient’s control over symptoms. But My Degeneration is more than a Parkinson’s memoir. Dunlap-Shohl gives the person newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease the information necessary to cope with it on a day-to-day basis. He chronicles the changes that life with the disease can bring to the way one sees the world and the way one is seen by the wider community. Dunlap-Shohl imparts a realistic basis for hope—hope not only to carry on, but to enjoy a decent quality of life.

Other books that might interest you

  • Ancient Knowledge of your Body - cover

    Ancient Knowledge of your Body

    George Csapo

    • 3
    • 20
    • 0
    If you are tired of being on a diet all the time, if you have had enough of dietary supplements and “magic potions”, or if you feel that you are constantly searching for the lifestyle you were meant to follow, but you cannot achieve more than temporary successes... then this book is for you!
     
    There is one thing you have not taken into consideration yet: you are a special living being who has been equipped with a host of useful and viable features thanks to millions of years of evolution.
     
    In nature, we had to rely on ourselves, and our body knew the solution for every situation. The problem is that we became estranged from ourselves, from our true nature, which causes civilisational problems on both physical and psychological levels.
     
    This book is about how we can utilise the ancient knowledge of our body to return to our harmonious state, purely through natural methods. We can do this with the help of proper nutrition, exercise and the appropriate environmental conditions.
     
    “I have tried every slimming diet, but I couldn’t escape the ‘yo-yo effect’. Ever since I started following the AKB Way as a lifestyle, I have managed to keep losing weight but without starving, while my acute enteritis has also disappeared completely. I wish you all the best and a great success! :-)” Andrea H., Budapest
     
    “I am undergoing treatment with dialysis because of a serious renal problem. I had only been following the suggested lifestyle for three weeks when the chief physician saw my lab results and asked me if I could share what I eat and how, as he would like to suggest it to other patients. Alongside the fact that I had already stopped taking two medications (antihypertensive and diuretic) over 3 weeks, this convinced me completely… Transplantation became a more distant option for me, and I am very grateful for that!” László M., Üröm
     
    “I do sports actively, and I gave myself one month to try this lifestyle. My performance improved significantly – quite understandably – and my sense of wellbeing and energies became enhanced too. I stopped taking expensive dietary supplements, which gave me a great sense of freedom.” Balázs K., Budapest
     
    “With the help of the new diet, my bodyweight has returned to normal. I sleep more soundly, I wake up in the morning energised and I don’t get tired or lethargic during the day either.” Róbert P., Piliscsaba
    Show book
  • Balancing Heaven and Earth - A Memoir - cover

    Balancing Heaven and Earth - A...

    Robert A. Johnson

    • 0
    • 2
    • 0
    One of this century's most popular psychology scholars, Robert A.Johnson was among the first to present Carl Jung's rich but complex theories with simple elegance and grace,opening them to an entirely new and hungry audience. His masterful works--including the best selling He, She, Inner Work, and Owning Your Own Shadow-are known and loved as much for their beautiful retellings of timeless myths and folktales as for their deep wisdom and profound insight.  
    Balancing Heaven and Earth reveals, for the first time, Johnson's own fascinating and mystical life-from his near-death experience at the age of eleven to the lifelong soul journey that has informed his writing and taught him how to live a spiritual life in the endlessly challenging modern world. Full of compelling, humorous, and surprising stories of encounters with an assortment of "sages, saints, and sinners," it lays bare Johnson's own inner world and its dazzeling landscape of powerful dreams, mystical visions, and synchronistic events.  
    Beginnning with a vivid retelling of the childhood accident that claimed the lower part of his right leg, Johnson describes the life-defining moment when he was transported by a mystical vision to a realm that exists just beyond ordinary consciousness-a realm he calls the "Golden World." With this experience, described as "both my curse and my blessing," Johnson is launched on a spiritual quest that leads him in search of Eastern wisdom, to encounters with such wise men as J. Krishnamurti and D.T. Suzuki, and finally to Carl Jung, who shows him his destiny revealed in a dream. Johnson's experiences lead him to a unique understanding and acceptance of the slender connecting threads at work in all our lives, guiding us and shaping who we are-"call it fate, destiny, or the hand of God."  
    As much a personal guide as a memoir, Balancing Heaven and Earth teaches us to follow , as Johnson has, the subtle influences of dreams, visions, and even our deepest sufferings in order to live attuned to our spiritual selves. A pure delight for Johnson's many fans and a splendid example of his trademark blend of illustrative myth and psychological insight, this is a work of incomparable beauty and inspiration showcasing the wisdom of a lifetime.
    Show book
  • Mind Spirit Mapping - The Workbook - cover

    Mind Spirit Mapping - The Workbook

    Sarah Breen

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    Harness the power of Mind-Spirit Mapping™ with this ground-breaking workbook. Learn how to ask yourself the right questions and find your way back to your center: your heart, your purpose. The exercises in this book may be used as their own, stand-alone process, or alongside Breen's inspiring book Mind Spirit Mapping™: A Journey to Purpose. Either way, you'll create your own new, powerful road map to the life you want to lead and dreams you wish to create.
     
    A traditional map shows you the way from points A to Z; Mind Spirit Mapping™ leads you through the realms of mind, body, and spirit.
     
    Are you ready to evolve into your true nature, the true essence of you?
     
    Learn why you are here, how to ask yourself the right questions, handle road blocks and release fear, dissolve the ego, and get ready to design your own personal road map to success.
    Show book
  • Snowflakes - Creative Paper Cutouts for All Seasons - cover

    Snowflakes - Creative Paper...

    Cindy Higham

    • 1
    • 2
    • 0
    Create unique paper snowflakes at home or in the classroom with 144 patterns : one-of-a-kind designs for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and other holidays, plus themes for winter, spring, summer, and fall.  
    Show book
  • How To Change Your Mind - Using Meditation To Control Your Thoughts And Achieve Piece Of Mind - cover

    How To Change Your Mind - Using...

    Benny Sawyer

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    If there was one thing you could do to change how you think, feel, and act - would you do it?
    
     
    If you feel stressed, anxious, depressed, or unfocused, then meditation can help you harness the changing nature of the brain in order to increase peacefulness and quality of life.
     
    A practical, research-focused look at mindfulness and meditation that is proven to relieve stress, anxiety, pain, improve your awareness, and help you live a more peaceful life in 8 weeks or less.
     
    Perfect for beginners and seasoned meditators, How to Change Your Mind explores how to change your brain through meditation by using quick, easy-to-follow exercises. These will increase your gray matter density in areas associated with emotional regulation and decrease it in areas responsible for fear and stress.
     
    Research from recent scientific studies have shown the remarkable ability of mindful meditation to change the physical qualities of your brain through neuroplasticity.
     
    We’ll briefly explore the current scientific discourse happening around meditation and its effects, including: how mindfulness can help shape your thought patterns, improve your day to day life, how to use meditation to handle strong negative emotions, and gain more control over your thoughts.
     
    There’s no need to chant mantras or block out hours of your day to meditate anymore. Instead, you only need a few minutes to weave these simple practices into your day to find more peace in your life. The book also covers:
     
    How to find which meditation exercises work best for you 
     
    Different ways to meditate 
     
    How meditation can slow down your brain’s aging 
     
    How to harness the power of neuroplasticity 
     
    How to get to sleep with meditation 
     
    How to manage pain 
     
    How to stem addiction and cravings 
     
    With scientifically proven techniques and only minutes per day, How to Change Your Mind can help you start living your best life in eight weeks or less. 
     
    When you purchase the paperback, you get the eBook for free!
     
    Click “Buy Now” and start your journey today.
    Show book
  • He Said Don't Tell - cover

    He Said Don't Tell

    Andrea Jones

    • 0
    • 1
    • 0
    This has to be a work of fiction for the truth to be told. Aj grew up in a typical middle-class household. She was a cop’s daughter who was sexually stalked and assaulted in her own father’s house, right under his nose, and was too scared to tell for years. Her favorite uncle slowly became her worse nightmare as his affections for her changed in the worse way possible.
    Show book