tales off the frozen man

Tales of the Frozen Man… PD and Me

For some time now I’ve been employed in the process of writing a book on my life with Parkinson’s disease. In this process, my mind has discovered many forgotten incidences in this struggle, so much so that I felt my old blog post on the subject seem severely lacking. Also, I’m probably a better writer than I was back then. So I’ve decided to post excerpts from the book to bring my narrative up to date. These will appear once a week or so as my other writing also continue. Thank you- JC  

Chapter One-Boyhood        

“The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there.”     -Robert M. Pirsig

When I was a child, each summer my mother would pack up the old ford and take us kids along with my Grandmother to visit relatives. Mostly, people we hardly knew, it was like we were on display every summer and each year our extended family could observe our progress. One such person I remotely remember seeing just once, I’m not sure if he was an uncle or where his branch of the family trees located. But what I did notice was his hands, they continuously shook like they were a separate part of his body that couldn’t be controlled and had a life of its own. Well as one can imagine, I was curious and I asked my mother and she told me it was Parkinson’s disease.

I never forgot that one scene in my mind of hands shaking uncontrollably, but other than that I went about the business of growing up. It wasn’t until I heard Michael J. Fox had Parkinson’s that the sight of shaking hands came to the forefront of my life again. And what I immediately deduced was that Michael J Fox was young and my relative was elderly. Still, I treated this like so many other random thoughts, out of sight out of mind. It would be years before my story would begin in earnest.

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I was officially diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease on October 29, 2012. These are my thoughts on Parkinson's and a variety of subjects.

19 thoughts on “Tales of the Frozen Man… PD and Me”

  1. Thank you Jeff for sharing this strong memory from your childhood which had been dormant for decades. memories are tricky things.
    Little did you know that you would have to confront this harsh disability yourself.
    This excerpt from your first chapter gives a feeling of what is to come.
    I also love the quote from Pirsig, so true.
    Bless
    Miriam

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  2. I believe childhood memories can also calm and comfort us as we grow older. The people who touched our lives, even briefly, have done so for a reason.

    Excellent start to your book, JC. I enjoyed learning about you through your child’s eyes. I look forward to reading more. 😍

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    1. Thank you! That is so true of people and how they touch your life. This scene about my childhood has been running through my brain for years and I kept wondering why am I remembering this. Now I know it is my first chapter. Life is always teaching you something… jc

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  3. Jeff, a great start to your book…understandably the memory of your older relative with Parkinson’s stayed with you; a boy trying to make sense of the unusual, seldom seen. So often it is a matter of out of sight, out of mind…this gives a feel of you before you knew of your own Parkinson and will let the reader travel along with you as you become aware of the illness and how to live with it (I guess). BTW I love the song!!

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  4. JC, it’s a great start. Had me hooked the entire way and has me thirsty to read more of your story. . . Your presence has been missed. I’ve got a new short of my own called The Writers Block and as always your thoughts are wanted. Please come on by and share your feedback. When Are you releasing ch2 of this fascinating story

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