Today, Grayboys is battling a particularly aggressive form of Parkinson’s disease and progressive dementia, and can no longer see patients or give rounds. He is stooped, and shuffles when he walks, the gait of a man much older than his 63 years. Despite the physical, mental and emotional toll he battles daily, Graboys continues his life-long mission of caring for the world one human being at a time by telling his story so that others may find comfort, inspiration, or validation in their own struggles.
This is an unflinching memoir of a devastating illness as only a consummate physician could write it. One can’t help but imagine what Dr. Graboys, the healer, would say to Tom Graboys, the patient—a face-to-face scene imagined in this inspiring book. In his joint roles, Thomas Graboys finds a way to convey hope, optimism and an appreciation of what it means to be truly alive.
|Publisher:||Union Square Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Peter Zheutlin is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, AARP Magazine, and dozens of other newspapers and magazines in the United States and abroad.
Table of ContentsForeword ix
My Days 1
Do They Know? 20
Love and Marriage 42
Doctors and Patient 59
My Family 86
A Body in Motion 145
End Game 161
A Life Beyond Illness 175
About the Authors 201
What People are Saying About This
"Beautifully written, searingly honest, this book lets us see the impact of serious illness on a man who is both a doctor and a patient."--(Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People)
"A powerful and poignant portrayal of a physician who refuses to have illness rob him of his dignity and joy. A unique and inspiring memoir that captures the resiliency of the human spirit."--(Dr. Jerome Groopman, Professor, Harvard Medical School, and author of How Doctors Think)
"I was blown away. ...An eye-opening read. ...A remarkable book."--(Dr. Timothy Johnson, ABC News Medical Correspondent)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My mother-in-law gave this to me to read. My father-in-law has both Parkinson's and Lewy Body, same as Tom Graboys, and this book could have been written about his everyday life. I was able to see the pain, the joys, the coping, the frustrations. Tom's feelings of losing his personality touched me especially as I have seen my father-in-law change.
If only all of our Doctors could be as kind, compassionate, considerate, and empathetic with their patients as Dr. Thomas Graboys is we would have a much better heatlh care system. Even faced with a terrible disease like Parkinson's and the death of his spouse he continues to teach and inspire and to take care of all those around him by writing a book that has helped so many understand what it's like to be faced with a devastating illness.
This book is hard to put down once you beign reading it, it took just a day and half for me to finish it. For anyone touched by Parkinson's it is a valuable insight into what it is like to deal with the disease. But it also gives a real example of what every doctor should strive to be and to do for their patients.
I highly recommend this book to everyone!
While at time repetitious,this gifted doctor, who becomes the patient with an incurable degenerative disease impacting both mental and motor skills, gives great insight into the feelings of the patient. As a doctor, he can also relate to medical issues and relate his dealings as a patient to how he treated his own patients. Highly recommend for all medical professionals and caregivers as well as those facing the inevitable end of life. With my brother diagnosed with Lewy Body, I am grateful for this last act of doctoring from a great man as well as a Doctor.
Dr. Graboys recounts his reluctant acceptance of his grave diagnosis of a particularly virulent form of Parkinson's disease. His denial gives way to deeply personal and honest insights about how the disease touched all those around him. His book is a valuable road map for patients and families facing incurable movement and cognitive disorders.
This book is a real eye opener, and really helped me to understand what my brother, who has advanced Parkinsons, is going through. It helped me to better relate to and understand how to help.
A huge thank you to Dr. Grayboys and his family for saying it and saying it so well. May God bless you.