Living with Parkinson's Disease explores the disease from a professional point of view and includes short pieces, written primarily by Parkinson's patients, about what it is like to experience the disease. Some of these short pieces are poems and short essays, but all are poignant and of extraordinary use to doctors, patients, researchers, and coping family members. This work also includes more general articles ("Trust/Distrust" and the "The Meaning of Suffering"), which relate to a wider perspective than the description of Parkinson's. The two introductory articles are written by doctors and cover the basic description of Parkinson's Disease. This book is a practical reference for all who come in contact with this debilitating and tragic condition.
David Belgum originated the program of Clinical Pastoral Education at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 1964 and was the Director of this program until his retirement in 1988. After his retirement, he served for six years as Pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church in West Branch, Iowa. In April 2007, as this book was going to press, Dr. Belgum died suddenly from a heart attack.
Part 1 Preface Part 2 Introduction Chapter 3 The Journey: Parkinson's Disease Chapter 4 The Shaking Palsy Chapter 5 Legs Chapter 6 Say Hooray!!! Chapter 7 What is Success? Chapter 8 It's a Long Way Down and Back Chapter 9 My New Canoeing Partner: Parkinson's Chapter 10 Running as a Metaphor: A Personal Essay Chapter 11 My Reflections Chapter 12 Description of My Condition/Disability Chapter 13 Choices Chapter 14 Mental Acuity Tests Chapter 15 Skis Chapter 16 After Diagnosis - What? Chapter 17 I Have Such a Wonderful Life Chapter 18 There is Life Before Death Chapter 19 Walking Sticks/Canes Chapter 20 The Once and Future Caregiver Chapter 21 To Caryl - Caregiver Chapter 22 Just Say "Thanks": A Prose Poem Chapter 23 Showing Respect through Creative Interchange Chapter 24 Trust or Distrust Chapter 25 Beatitude Chapter 26 Writing from Prison Chapter 27 The Boderline Between Interpretation and Confidentiality Chapter 28 Loose Canoe Chapter 29 Building a Canoe of My Own Chapter 30 Honey Bee Camel Palm Tree Chapter 31 The Meaning of Suffering