This book chronicles a Parkie's journey of discovery from the inside--what PD feels like and does to a person's body. You walk in the shoes of Hall of Fame newspaper editor and publisher Gil Thelen and his care partner, fellow journalist Struby Thelen.
When Gil's Parkinson's diagnosis came in 2014, the news guy in him said "report the story." The resulting book, "Counterpunch: Duking It Out With Parksinson's," sets forth his--and his wife's--stories about the PD Beast churning in his brain.
"If you had behaved this way when I met you,, I never would have married you," Struby writes in the first of her two, care-partner chapters.
This book's primary message is to take aggressive action to counter Parkinson;s blows and to live well with the malady. The book is candid. No misadventure goes untold.
Driving down I-75 one memorable day, Gil could not make it to the next rest area. His PD-embattled urinary system let go. "I peed in my shoes, a disease sufferer's nightmare," Gil writes.
The prose is unadorned, unfailingly passionate, always accessible. The book contains numerous coping tips and "Lessons Learned."
"Counterpunch will provide fuel for Parkinson's disease patients and families who are ready to move forward and fight back. It is a great read," writes Dr. Michael S. Okun, famed Neurology Chairman at the University of Florida and Medical Director of the Parkinson's Foundation.
"The writing is very engaging, and ideal for the messages you are trying to convey," adds Dr. David Riley, Ohio Parkinson's specialist. "It's tough to make dry medical information entertaining, but you are succeeding admirably."
Dr. Jerri Edwards, Professor, University of South Florida's College of Medicine Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, says "A straight-talking newspaper editor and his journalist wife describe their Parkinson's journey with wit and passion... 'Counterpunch' inspires, engages and teaches, a rare combination."
For the curious, the jaunty title comes from Gil's passion for Rock Steady Boxing Parkinson's training and his university, Duke.