As I near the completion of my book-to-be, A Soft Voice In A Noisy World: A Manual To Dealing And Healing With Parkinson’s Disease And Other Illnesses, I am both jubilant and yet pensive to see this 20 plus year conglomeration of insights, helpful hints, daily inspiration, healthful ideas, and resources come to a close. While I hope this book to be the first of many, as I am not short on words, topics, or fresh thoughts, this book still finalizes the end of an era and with luck, unleashes a new one.
I have had the good fortune of having my voice heard worldwide on BBC radio, my face on Japanese national television, seen on CBS news, and been published in national newspapers in hope of change through patient advocacy. Through this book, I am hopeful that a better and more complete understanding of Parkinson’s and illness in general can be met head on.
What I hope to accomplish is to provide a service to the health and medical community as a resource that shines a light on some thoughtful and soulful lessons learned from living over half of my 45 years with Parkinson’s disease. Inspiration is a vital component in daily survival and even more so when you get out of bed not always feeling your best. While everyone has a story, everyone has a life lesson to offer and share. I believe that there is a book inside us all. With luck and determination, I will make this a reality.
This book, and those still to come excite me for I am not short on messages in both fiction and non-fiction, yet I am nostalgic in a sense as I contemplate the bittersweet moment of the completion of this book- to- be.