Stumbling Toward Victory: Living in Defiance of Parkinson’s Disease

Diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s disease at age 47, Corey King struggled to accept the news. Now, seven years later, Corey has declared war on Parkinson’s. In “Stumbling Toward Victory,” a series of essays about living well with or without Parkinson’s, Corey continues the story of his battle with PD that he began in “Walking the Crooked Path.” With humor, honesty, and realistic optimism, Corey describes his way of managing chronic, incurable illness: not with acceptance, but with defiance. Drawing from his military background, his love of family and friends, and his faith in God, Corey’s tale of resistance in the face of traumatic circumstances contains nuggets of truth for anyone living with challenges. “Not every day, hour, or minute is good. There are fewer good times than there used to be. Barring a miraculous cure, I will not prevail against this disease, regardless of how much of a positive attitude I maintain. I don’t care – I’m not going to capitulate.” Corey’s story of living a good life without surrender to hardship is thought-provoking and inspiring, and contain nuggets of truth for anyone facing challenges.

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