My World of Parkinsonian Delights

No Doorway Wide Enough

NO DOORWAY WIDE ENOUGH

It was just about three weeks after his 45th birthday in 2000 when Bill Schmalfeldt was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. In 2007 while working at a federal agency as a writer and podcaster, telling other people about the importance of clinical trials, Bill heard about and volunteered for an experimental brain surgery to determine whether or not “deep brain stimulation” could be done on patients in the earlier stages of the disease. The purpose of the clinical trial is to prove that DBS, when done earlier in the progression of the disease, might just slow down or stop the degeneration that is an inevitable part of the disease. This is the story of Bill’s “Parkinson’s Decade” from being diagnosed in 2000, to having the surgery in 2007, through today. The story is told in a humorous, satirical, almost jovial style considering the fact that Bill’s motor skills and cognition continue to degenerate.

100 percent of the author’s proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the National Parkinson Foundation and the Charles DBS Research Fund at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Hardcover — 486 pages — $45

PDF Download — $5

Available here.

Soon to be available at all major online booksellers.

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