The End of the Beginning

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AuthorHouse, Sep 21, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 120 pages


The author, Barry Sidaway, has been living with Parkinson’s disease for over 16 years. In this, we hope, his first book he covers the period leading up to his diagnosis and his first 3 or 4 years with the disease.


As an autobiography it is easy to read. Barry has a nice personal style which will appeal to many


As a book on living with Parkinson’s this is a must read.  Whether you agree with what is written or not it is the positive approach to the subject which wins through. If you adopt this approach to future dealings with the disease the book will have served its purpose.


I am delighted to have been given  the opportunity to close this book. I will do so by saying I cannot wait to read the next book

                                                                        Margaret  Fleming

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About the author (2006)

Having always been competitive, I spent my early years playing cricket perfecting my left hand slow bowling to outwit the opposing team.  Followed years later by building my own Group A rally car and taking part in forest and gravel stages.  Aiming to push  myself and the car to its full limits and sometimes beyond.


All this was brought to a dramatic end with the arrival of the uninvited guest, otherwise known as, Parkinsons Disease.  Having led an active life until then this was an event which not only moved the goalposts in my sporting career it put me down in a new playing field.

The challenge now was to lead a normal life as possible in my career and at home.


This book The End of The Beginning has been written about this period of change and to help  people with PD to realise that there is life after the initial shock diagnosis and that if you look at what you can do rather than what you cannot life is not as  bad as you think.

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