This memoir is a collection of stories and thoughts that I had written for my sons. I wanted them to have a chance to read some interesting and, possibly, entertaining anecdotes from my life before and after meeting their mother. I also wanted to share some important things I have observed and learned along the way, including the impact Parkinson's disease has had on my life. I would love to know more about my ancestors, so if any of this material gets passed down to future generations, I think that would be great.
My parents started this idea by videotaping my mom’s father in his elder years telling stories from years gone by. I have a copy of this tape. I did some videotaping with my mom a few years ago and have preserved that on DVDs. I am choosing this format because I enjoy writing. All but the epilogue of this memoir was written between January and October 2009. The epilogue was added in June 2012 and April 2013. I am publishing this “lightly-edited” version for those who may have interest in knowing more about my life after reading any or all of my PD-related books. Additionally, I hope it might stimulate ideas for those who may be thinking about writing their own memoir.
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About the Author
Kirk Hall is a husband, father, and grandfather of six who lives in the Denver area. He has been an author and patient-perspective Parkinson’s advocate since 2011. His personal experience as a PWP includes participation in three area support groups, clinical research studies including two visits to the National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disease & Stroke (NINDS), and joint presentations with movement disorder specialists to support groups sponsored by the Parkinson Association of the Rockies (PAR) and University of Colorado Hospital. Kirk has been a guest speaker at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center in Phoenix and has been the subject of television, radio, and newspaper interviews. He has an undergraduate BS in business from Ohio State and an MBA in Human Resource Development from SUNY at Buffalo. He and his wife of 43 years, Linda, are Parkinson Disease Foundation Clinical Research Advocates. Kirk’s Shaky Paws Grampa blog, which includes articles about his writing, advocacy activities, PD-related subjects, and personal journey, can be found at http://shakypawsgrampa.blogspot.com/.