When John Alexander was diagnosed with a degenerative disease, he decided to take control of his health and his mindset by finding ways to motivate himself and others with Parkinson’s. Knowing that staying active is one of the best ways to prevent the effects of the disease, John became a distance cyclist and triathlete. John maintains his upbeat attitude by seeking inspiration from the Parkinson’s community. He stays involved in helping transform other people’s lives as a dedicated ambassador for numerous organizations and a sought-after inspirational speaker.
“My parents instilled in me a strong sense of faith. That included a belief that God is good and that he will provide, balanced with an understanding that God helps those who help themselves.
I’ve always believed in utilizing my strengths. My strengths include: a love of learning, a pursuit of excellence, a very positive and enthusiastic attitude, a desire to achieve, a compulsion to win others over, and the ability to connect people with others and resources that I feel will benefit them. After my diagnosis, I drew upon all of those strengths to not only cope, but thrive with Parkinson’s.
This book, naturally, should appeal to all people with Parkinson’s and those who care for them – their medical team and their caregivers. I particularly hope that newly diagnosed and Young Onset patients will take the time to read it and glean some of the lessons that apply to their situations.
I also wrote the book for people, in general, who are dealing with health, life or work issues. By following the “THRIVE” process, just about any challenge can become manageable.”