Possibilities with Parkinson's

A Fresh Look

Non-Fiction - Health - Medical
300 Pages
Reviewed on 07/14/2021
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Author Biography

“Dr. C.” is the nom-de-plume for W. David Hoisington. He earned his PhD in rehabilitation counselling from Syracuse University where he studied advanced levels of empathy. Empathy, along with understanding of how the brain functions, were fundamental to providing quality rehabilitation plans for those with cerebral neurologic trauma—the focus of his clinical practice. He was exposed to Agent Orange resulting in Parkinson’s disease which, through a twist of fate, led him to join the Parkinson's News Today website as a regular columnist. The essays in this book combine empathy and brain functions to address the disease in a new, more hopeful, way.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Cassie Widjaja for Readers' Favorite

Possibilities with Parkinson's: A Fresh Look by Dr. C. is an incredibly insightful book grounded in both science and practical application. Inspiring hope of the possibility of having a better life with a challenging disease, the book is easy to read and chockfull of helpful tips. Because of his unique background, Dr. C. is exceptionally qualified to write this book. As a researcher with a Ph.D. in rehabilitation counseling, Dr. C. had focused on brain trauma in his clinical work. After his diagnosis of Parkinson's, he decided to write about his experiences as the disease progresses. In essays, Dr. C. shares his more troublesome symptoms and even talks about having a second chronic condition. Those affected by Parkinson's and their caregivers will benefit greatly from reading this book.

When I read this book, I found myself reminiscing about my grandmother, who had also been diagnosed with Parkinson's under my mother's care. Seeing the pain and frustration that plagued my beloved grandma reflected in its pages broke my heart. I badly wished that I had read this book before my grandmother had passed away, as the practical tips within might have eased her pain. With that said, I loved how Dr. C. provided diagrams and referenced published medical papers that made this book far more educational and its information source verified. Possibilities with Parkinson's gives good advice on how to make the disease more tolerable, including but not limited to charting and practicing mindful movement. Dr. C. also did an excellent job of explaining complicated terms such as scenario looping.