This a review my book The PSP Chronicles received today by Bookaholic. It validates the writing style I chose - simplistic. The book lends itself to a broader readership, even if Progressive Supranuclear Palsy can be a bit of a tongue twister.
This turned out to be a big surprise to me. Being familiar with the symptoms of both ALS and Parkinsons, I really thought this would be a downer to read. However, while it was a good insight to a man’s thoughts while knowing what his future would look like, it was also educational and truly had the occasional bit of humor we all need to get through life each day. Although you would think a book about such illness would be sad but in truth, while the whole darned subject is sad, this was not written in that manner.
I also thought it would read or seem clinical in its reading format. While it does deal with many doctor’s appointments and explanations, it’s interesting and fairly easy to read. It is called a memoir. I think a better description might be a person’s daily diary as they try to get through each day, as they must progressively deal with more and more deterioration.
Among all of the things I have written, I should also say that this book is written by a man who worked in a factory, had an autistic son and a great wife, but never conspired to write or become an author. He is an everyday person just like the rest of us only living with the onset of a horrible disease. While his aim might not have been to become an author, he has most certainly done so with this book. It’s well laid out and easy to read. Educational as I have said, but laid out so that even a layman can understand.
He is of such strong spirit. I hope this book will be an inspiration to many people to come, be they readers, caregivers, or people diagnosed with this or any such devastating illness.