Beyond Identity, Navigating Life's Waters with Parkinson's Disease

Beyond Identity, Navigating Life's Waters with Parkinson's Disease

by Peter Hunt

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“To feel deeply is to fall deeply, not to stumble back to sunlight’s superficiality, but to evolve in curious darkness, learning to shiver in the fullness of the moon.” -From Beyond Identity.

By age 43, Peter Hunt had lived an adventurous life as a Naval Aviator, commercial pilot, and shipwreck diver, so when diagnosed with Parkinson's disease he accepted the neurological disorder as simply a new challenge. There was a big difference; however, Hunt's previous tests had been by choice. Parkinson's was not. But what if Parkinson's disease was welcomed into life as an opportunity to grow? What if it was treated as a choice, not as a victim's label? The result—fifteen years since diagnosis, Peter Hunt flatly states that "Parkinson's is the best thing that’s ever happened to me." And he means it.

Beyond Identity’s six-year collection of short stories, essays, and poems begins nine years after diagnosis, a time when Hunt's Parkinson's symptoms were at their worst. To examine his life at the most authentic level, Hunt scrapes away society's definitions and assumptions so that he might explore the essence of his identity beyond the adversities of brain surgery, jarring physical changes, and depression. Humble and brutally candid, Beyond Identity’s 90 short works trace the outline of an inspired journey, edging ever forward with humanity's most fundamental question – who am I?

Join Peter Hunt, the author of Angles of Attack, Setting the Hook, and The Lost Intruder, on his continuing journey at

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BN ID: 2940164084202
Publisher: Peter Hunt
Publication date: 05/17/2020
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Born in New York, Peter Hunt spent six years of his childhood in Athens, Greece, where he started diving in 1978. Hunt worked on several wreck diving boats based out of New York during high school and college, including the Wahoo, from which he made 13 dives to the Andrea Doria in 1983 and 1984. After graduating with a history degree from Brown University, Hunt joined the navy and trained as an A-6 Intruder attack pilot. During his naval service, he completed three aircraft carrier deployments to the Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean, and Western Pacific over ten years of active duty, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals. Hunt went on to fly for United Airlines until being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2005 at age 43. That is when his writing began in earnest. Peter Hunt holds a master’s degree from the University of Washington, is the father of two adult children, and lives with his wife on Whidbey Island. He is the author of Angles of Attack, Setting the Hook, and The Lost Intruder.

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