Title: Positively Parkinson’s
Author: Ann Andrews
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Reviewer: Clare Dixon, 2nd year adult student nurse at the University of York.
What was it like?
A interesting and informative book as the author is a woman called Ann Andrews who has Parkinson’s disease. She includes her own experiences of living with the long term condition and the experiences of other people with Parkinson’s. I found the book was easy to navigate as it starts off by explaining what Parkinson’s is then goes on to discuss the different concerns a person with Parkinson’s may have such as how medication works, going public with a diagnosis, relationship advice and health and well-being. Although Ann Andrews is not a healthcare professional, she has done much research into the pathology of the disease and having experience of it herself, she manages to give quite an in-depth account, which is both enlightening and educative to healthcare professionals. I found it a enjoyable read as Ann is positive and supportive to other people with Parkinson’s. I really appreciated how honest she and the other contributors were about living with their condition.
What were the highlights?
The different accounts from Ann and the other contributors were really informative and have made me much more informed about Parkinson’s. Reading about how variable Parkinson’s can be has made me appreciate how not every person with the disease will present with the same symptoms and how some people can have mild symptoms whereas others have very severe symptoms. One man describes how 20 years after his diagnosis his symptoms are still quite mild in his opinion whereas another contributor describes the rapid onset of their dyskinesia after only 4 years of living with Parkinson’s.
Strengths & weaknesses:
A great book with many strengths such as the informative lived accounts from contributors and the exercises Ann recommends to help people with Parkinson’s keep fit. As this book is written by someone living with the disease, I think it is a really important book to read as to be patient-centred healthcare professionals, we need to listen to our patients.
Who should read it?
People with Parkinson’s and anyone who works with, or cares for people with Parkinson’s. Also, any healthcare professionals.