Surviving Adversity: Living with Parkinson's Disease.
Surviving Adversity: Living with Parkinson's Disease
Edited by Gord Carley (Surviving Adversity, 2007)
Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder that results from the loss of nerve cells in the brain that help control movement. These nerve cells produce a chemical called dopamine, which sends signals between brain cells. The destruction of those nerve cells causes a shortage of dopamine, which works with another chemical messenger called acetylcholine to make muscle movement smooth. The shortage of dopamine results in tremors, rigid muscles and impaired coordination and balance. Parkinson's disease is more prevalent in men than in women.
The first thing people hear about Parkinson's is complicated medical language (see paragraph above). It's often confusing and a little frightening, especially for someone with a new diagnosis, and their friends and family. This book, containing 28 profiles of individuals who share their stories of how they have adjusted to Parkinson's, will help alleviate some of that anxiety by providing readers with perspective and hope.
By Barbara Bourrier-La Croix from the CWHN Expert Review Advisory Committee
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|Date:||Mar 22, 2008|
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