Stories of Optimism – featured on American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) website My Story is about – finding my voice

I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2011. After a devastating diagnosis, I started writing about my PD. For my own sanity and peace of mind I had to write and get the raw emotions and dark feelings out of my head in order to release the anger, sadness, and hopelessness that overwhelmed me. Most importantly, I was mourning the “loss of Lynn”, the person I used to be. I became a volunteer with the APDA Midwest Chapter as a board member, Treasurer, and Board President. My voice was that of a leader, fundraiser, organizer. A few years later I formed a support group, and again my voice was that of an instructor and leader. But where was Lynn’s voice? Lynn’s voice was captured on the pages of notebooks I had been writing in for several years, never intending to share them with anyone. They were my private feelings and thoughts about Parkinson’s, things in my life that I would never discuss with anyone, let alone think of sharing in a book. I showed a few poems to a friend who encouraged me to publish them so PWP and others could find encouragement. Lynn’s Voice is in the pages of my book “Parkinson’s, Poetry, Art and Me” published April 2019. My book is more than just for PWP, there is something that will touch or leave an impression on anyone. Topics include life, nature, weather, relationships. My story is about finding the courage to be vulnerable, the determination to learn how to publish a book and finding that Lynn’s voice is strong and makes a difference! https://lookcloser.apdaparkinson.org/?

2 thoughts on “Stories of Optimism – featured on American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) website My Story is about – finding my voice

  1. I have read this book. I don’t have PD, but reading it helped me understand the challenges faced by PD patients. It is moving, intelligent, and very very inspiring. A must read!

    Like

Leave a Reply to lmchale26 Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s