This is a true story about a devastating illness similar to Parkinson's disease that in many cases causes severly grotesque postures. You will read how a little boy survives not only the effects of the disease but also the misdiagnosis of the illness and how it affected his childhood. You will learn about the different forms of this illness and how they are treated.
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Carmine Petrangelo was born in West Warwick, Rhode Island. He first developed Dystonia at the age of seven. The form he developed was called Dystonia Musculorum Deformans. Today this form is more commonly reffered to as Generalized Dystonia or Early-Onset Dystonia. He has three brothers, Dale, Paul and Michael. He attended Catholic school untill the seventh grade. It took ten years for the dystonia to be properly diagnosed. Of those ten years he spent six of the years accused of faking illness to get attention. He finally was properly diagnosed at the age of seventeen. Though approaching incapapacitation medication was prescibed that brought about remarkable improvement. He later developed a late-onset form of dystonia called Spasmodic Torticollis. Though still affected by the dystonia the author was able to work on nuclear powered submarines for ten years in Groton, Connecticut. Today he is semi-retired leaving in Inverness, Florida.
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Book Description Carmine Petrangelo, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0972371109