This beautiful book combines the talents of a husband-and-wife team, blending witty, readable verse with fluent narrative passages and exquisite pen-and-ink drawings to tell the story of the author's struggles with two of the most prevalent diseases of our time, Parkinson's and skin cancer. From the original diagnosis of each ailment, the author recorded many of the events and his reaction to them in scraps of verse which he has subsequently rounded out into a compelling narrative and commentary. The poems are easy to read and preserve the stark reality of the situation while being generously laced with humor. The text is enlivened by a set of delightful drawings of flowers, each of which has some connection in folk- lore with the events described: these drawings are the work of the author's wife who also painted the frieze of irises which forms the basis for the tasteful and attractive cover.
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Life Lines is a book of many facets - it is based on real exposure to debilitating and fatal diseases but is entirely positive and very funny; you can browse in it like an anthology or read it right through like the story it is; just be prepared to both laugh and cry. Above all - it is very easy reading.From the Author:
I want people to know that each day is worth living to the full, even with Parkinson's Disease and cancer.
I want everyone to recognize PD and make allowances for PD peoples' need to continue to do things for themselves, even when they are not very good at it.
I want everyone to do the simple things which can save so many unnecessary deaths from melanoma. No-one should exect to be as lucky as I have been if they will not:
control their exposure to sunshine,
examine themselves carefully for suspicious 'things' on the skin
and, if in any doubt, get immediately to a competent dermatologist.
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Book Description Iris Enterprises Inc., 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1586190121