Naked Under My Coat: Writing Under the Influence of Parkinson’s

“Parkinson’s is all about the disconnect within the central nervous system. But when I hit that nerve with a word or a phrase that connection is restored. I consider my Parkinson’s a gift.” – Naked Under My Coat – Writing Under the Influence of Parkinson’s is a collection of poems and short stories written during the onset and formal diagnosis of Jocelyn Burgener’s Parkinson’s disease. Using pieces of her life, both real and imagined, Jocelyn tells the story of finding her voice, even as the disease restricts her ability to journal, speak, and pray. From physics to infidelity, the edges of fear, and faith and love, Naked Under My Coat exposes her vulnerability and insight in the face of her challenging new reality.

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