Finding Humor Amidst Having Parkinson’s Disease

Presenter: Neal Howard
Guest: Vikki Claflin
Guest Bio: Claflin was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at age 50. After many dark days spent coming to terms with her diagnosis, her natural comic optimism and irreverence began to resurface and she started writing on her blog about the funny side of living with Parkinson’s. Her new book “Shake, Rattle & Roll With It: Living and Laughing with Parkinson’s.”, is a collection of Vikki’s essays about the ups and downs of life with a chronic illness.

Segment Overview: Vikki Claflin shares hilarious and sometimes poignant personal anecdotes as a sufferer of Parkinson’s. She talks about the message that she wants to convey to family members, healthcare professionals, and those who have Parkinson’s Disease.


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Neal: Hello and welcome to Health Professional Radio. Thank you for listening, I’m your host Neal Howard. Many of us are aware of Parkinson’s disease. Michael J. Fox being the most prominent figure that we know of with Parkinson’s disease. The Michael J Fox Foundation website features the writings of our guest in studio today, Ms. Vikki Claflin – diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 50. She’s written the book “Shake, Rattle and Roll with it: Living and Laughing at Parkinson’s.” And as I said, her award winning humor blog is featured on Michael J Fox Foundation website, Erma Bombeck’s Writer’s Workshop at the Huffington Post and many others. She’s here on studio today with us to talk with us about some of her experiences as she lives and laugh at Parkinson’s. How are you doing today Vikki?

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