FAIRFAX, Va., April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — When Karl Robb, a writer, inventor, and entrepreneur in Fairfax, VA was diagnosed with the chronic illness of Parkinson’s disease (PD) at the early age of 23, he couldn’t have predicted that at the age of 46, he would be releasing his first book, A Soft Voice in a Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease. There are an estimated one to one and a half million people with Parkinson’s disease in the United States but without a registry we really don’t know. Even though medicines can keep many of the symptoms at bay and Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery may help many patients with the illness, modern day science still has no cure for Parkinsons. April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Karl Robb chose April to be his official release date for his first book.
The book is an honest, entertaining and informative collection of tips that are also inspirational insights, lessons, and awakenings from living with chronic illness for over 20 years. The book begins with a foreword by award-winning broadcast journalist and author, Bill Moyers: “Karl Robb shows us how under the most trying of circumstances a human being can find strength and purpose beyond expectations”.
Karl was reluctant at first, but received life changing benefits from Reiki (a very old therapy using energy to reduce stress and help the mind and body) and after 14 years of practicing it, devoted a year to becoming a Reiki master. In the book, Robb describes the importance of complementary therapies to “Parkinsonians” through his personal mind, body, and spirit journey. He expresses the importance that Reiki energy work has played in the course of his personal healing. In his book, Karl describes the factors that have kept his Parkinson’s in check, slowed the disease’s progression, and surprisingly has shown signs of improvement, even after over two decades of dealing with what is considered a degenerative, progressive, and chronic illness.
A Soft Voice In A Noisy World delves into issues facing patients, such as how to work with your doctors, communication, advocacy, starting a support group, and numerous insights on improving your life. One reader posted this on Amazon: “A quick and easy read, this book is full of wisdom and insight as well as tips on dealing with the medical system and with alternative therapies”.
Parkinson’s disease although thought to be an illness of the elderly can strike the young as well. PD can affect gait, balance, speech, cognition, and more. It may start years before being diagnosed. Early signs may be loss of sense of smell, constipation, tremor, and shoulder or wrist stiffness. If you think you may have PD , consult a Neurologist who specializes in Parkinson’s disease.
Karl Robb is a blogger (www.asoftvoice.com) and creator of TrueTip, LLC and RobbWorks, his publishing division. With his wife and partner, Angela, they lecture, run a support group, and advocate for PD related issues. The book is available at Smashwords.com , Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, and Kobo.com. It is available in several electronic formats and paperback. The audio book is being released in early April.