Early in 1988, Leif Ögård was told by his neurologist that he had Parkinson’s disease. Worse still, the prognosis wrongly predicted that his mobility was going to deteriorate so quickly that he would be confined to a wheelchair within five years.
Unsurprisingly, “this dreadful mistake by the doctor nearly finished me off,” writes Leif. However, once he began to struggle out of the dismal slough he had fallen into after receiving the diagnosis, he began to see that most of the disease’s obstacles – and possibilities – lay between his “two ears”.
Alone in the world
When we had got the message about Björn having Parkinson’s we were very depressed. The feeling of being alone was another dominating feeling. Gradually I have realized the immense importance of support at once someone receives the diagnosis. No one should be left without proper support arrangements. Today too many still are!
Heard about a great book
After a while we were told from some friends about the book “I have Parkinson’s, but Parkinson’s does not have me!” written by Leif Ögård. We bought it right away and we were amazed over the positive attitude and the total difference from all we had read about the PD (Parkinson’s disease) in other books etc. We were used to read about all the bad things we could anticipate.