Life in the Balance

Life in the Balance

A Physician's Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss With Parkinson's Disease and Dementia

Book - 2008
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At the age of 49, Dr. Thomas Graboys had reached the pinnacle of his career and was leading a charmed life. A nationally renowned Boston cardiologist popular for his attention to the heartsand souls of his patients, Graboys was part of The Cardiology Dream Team” summoned to treat Boston Celtics star Reggie Lewis after he collapsed on the court in 1993. He had a beautiful wife, two wonderful daughters, positions on both the faculty of Harvard Medical School and the staff of Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and a thriving private practice.
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 patienta 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.

Baker & Taylor
Chronicles the author's descent from a top cardiologist to a patient slowly succumbing to Parkinson's disease and dementia, including how he struggles with the feelings he experiences daily and the impact of the diseases in his life.

Publisher: New York : Union Square Press, c2008
ISBN: 9781402753411
Branch Call Number: 362.196833 G795L
Characteristics: xxii, 201 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Zheutlin, Peter


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Apr 14, 2012

Insightful, highly recommended, especially the parts written by the PWP's family and friends.

Apr 19, 2011

i read this book having a father who has had parkinsons disease for 10 years. i read this book in the first few years of him having as i struggled with what was to come for him.
the book was excellant as it is rare to find a book written by someone who has it. there were so many personal candid remarks by graboys and he included a lot about his family and how they racted which was what i was looking for.
really helpful..


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