Parkinson’s: A Love Story with Dementia for Dessert


Ava S. Butler is an organizational development consultant based in Tucson, Arizona. Her first book, Mission Critical Meetings: 81 Practical Facilitation Techniques, was published during her husband’s illness. For more information on her story, please go to:

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When Ava’s husband, Richard, is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, she is shocked — not only because of the bad news, but also because Richard was right. A bit of a hypochondriac, Richard often imagined he had contracted one deadly condition or another. Over their then nineteen years of marriage Ava had dismissed his concerns. But this time it was true. In fact, he had two horrible diseases: Parkinson’s and Lewy body dementia — a fate you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy.

For the next seven years Ava wages war against these bad boys, writing her reflections and journaling her experiences as she tries everything she can find to help Richard. Parkinson’s: A Love Story with Dementia for Dessert is her brutally honest, yet beautiful portrayal of losing her soulmate and best friend. Deeply sad at times, but also inspiring and even humorous, this story is sure to warm your heart.


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