Thu, 4 February 2016
Today on the show, my dad.
After 160+ episodes, sometimes the greatest stories are the ones in your backyard.
At 39, my dad was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. I was 13, and my brother Alex was 10. It was an early on-set diagnosis for sure. (Michael J. Fox and Muhammad Ali also have Parkinson's Disease). He's had it for nearly 20 years and it's progressing.
When my dad was 41, Alex was diagnosed with AML Leukemia, requiring frequent trips one and three hours away from home respectively. It took a toll on everyone.
At 43, Alex died with my mom and dad by his side.
At 57, he finally tells some of his story.
I traveled to Maine recently to interview my dad in his life living room. Thought it was time to get the story on tape.
As my dad tells the story -- his story -- there is a sense of gratitude I hear from him for Parkinson's, for my brother, and for the strange unfolding of life. It's a lesson of living life on life's terms.
Enjoy the show. Thanks Dad.
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