Facing Parkinson’s

Facing Parkinson’s

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    ISBN 9780692070611
    106 pages
    8.5 x 11 inches
    Publisher: Beechwood River Press
    Published: 6/5/2018

Facing Parkinson’s is a collection of portraits & stories of people with Parkinson’s disease.  Worldwide, 10 million people live with Parkinson’s. In the U.S. alone 60,000 people are diagnosed every year.

46 people invited the photographer into their homes and allowed him to photograph them and record their stories.  Their stories as well as the photographs reveal their spirit, creativity, pathos and even humor.  Each story is unique but there is a common thread – an acceptance of their disease and its limitations, but more importantly, a desire to bring into focus the things that matter most to them.

There are no celebrity portraits or stories inside these pages.  These are the faces of friends, neighbors, family members and their caregivers stricken with a progressive and still incurable neurological disease.

About the Author

Peter Scharff is a photographer with Parkinson’s. “For me, Parkinson’s is personal. My mother has stoically dealt with it for many years and in 2015, at 63, I was diagnosed.” His process for dealing with the diagnosis was to connect with others and document their stories. By bearing witness he has come to a better understanding of what he is dealing with personally and has learned from and found comfort in the stories. He has also discovered how important it is for others with the disease to read these stories, which is why he feels giving the book to others with Parkinson’s is so important.