Blog Tour Day 18: Review on Thoughts In Progress

The King of Paine blog tour is making that last turn into the home stretch! Today, we return to Thoughts in Progress for Mason Canyon’s review of, you guessed it, King of Paine. The review will also be featured in The Sunday Salon, a virtual hangout where over five hundred bloggers get together every Sunday and share what they’re reading.

After reading Mason’s review, you’ll probably be tempted to browse Thoughts In Progress, an award-winning blog featuring hundreds of book reviews, guest posts and giveaways. Don’t fight it–that’s what Sundays are for!

Please join me tomorrow at CMash Loves to Read–Cheryl will be hosting a book giveaway and my final guest post of the tour, “My Inspiration For King of Paine.” Not surprisingly, since the story melds two wildly different plot lines, I was inspired by two distinct ideas.

One comment on “Blog Tour Day 18: Review on Thoughts In Progress

  1. I’m looking very forward to reading your inspiration behind KING OF PAINE for sure!

    Intertwining two different plot lines could not have been easy to do — at least in this novel and in my humble opinion. I must say that it enhanced the story greatly and therefore added even more “reader appeal” to KING OF PAINE. Therefore I am very much indeed looking forward to the two instinct “ideas” that were your inspiration for and behind creating the two different plot lines!

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  • Larry and Ellie Kahn

  • When I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2010, my neurologist told me there was nothing I could do to slow down an inevitable slide into disability. So I simply (apathetically?) went about the business of researching my third novel for over a year until I crossed paths with others who had discovered a curiously overlooked goldmine of scientific research suggesting vigorous exercise could help slow the progression of PD and improve quality of life.

     

    After experiencing the impact of exercise myself, my wife, Ellie, and I began brainstorming with other believers about how to effectively spread the gospel of exercise and hope.  We formed PD Gladiators in 2013, a nonprofit charged with developing a plan to ally metro Atlanta fitness instructors and clinicians to convince people with PD to take a proactive approach to managing their disease. PD Gladiators entered agreements with the Atlanta YMCA, Livramento Delgado Boxing Foundation, Yellow River Center and other independent fitness instructors to build a network of PD-specific exercise classes based on PD Gladiators’ promise to promote the exercise research and the PD Gladiators Fitness Network to local clinicians to create the referral “pipeline” necessary to make the adapted fitness programs sustainable. I believe recruiting the support of influential clinicians in our community from the start was the critical insight that has led to the phenomenal growth of the Network.

     

    By 2018, the Network consisted of over 60 weekly classes, and metro Atlanta “gladiators” logged almost 25,000 class visits for the year! On August 1, 2018, the Parkinson’s Foundation and PD Gladiators determined they could better serve the needs of the Parkinson’s community through an organizational unification. Ellie and I served on the Advisory Board for the Parkinson’s Foundation Georgia until retiring in October 2019. PD Gladiators Executive Director Annie Long continues to manage and grow the Network as an employee of the Parkinson’s Foundation.

     

    Ellie and I still practice the proactive, hopeful approach that we  preach. With Ellie’s loving support, I exercise daily, eat a nutritious diet supplemented as recommended by Dr. Laurie Mischley (a Parkinson’s researcher and naturopathic doctor practicing in Seattle), and have adopted good sleep habits. While excited to begin the retirement we had deferred to nurture PD Gladiators, I intend to devote some of my energy–without stress and deadlines–to brainstorm ideas for other areas of Parkinson’s care in need of intervention  for consideration by government and charitable organizations with the mission and resources to undertake these projects.

     

    I believe that problem-solving is a team sport, and I encourage you to join in the discussion. Let’s make Parkinson’s Ideas, Man an incubator for high impact solutions to the issues that effect us most.