LEVY, Robyn Michele




Author Tags: Health

It only gradually dawned on Robyn Michele Levy that something was wrong. Levy had a rigid left arm, frozen facial expressions and an embarrassing limp. She lost her job after five years of depression. But she resisted her doctor’s suggestion that she might have Parkinson’s—a neurodegenerative disease that usually strikes the elderly—even though her father had the disease and had exhibited similar symptoms.

Most of Me (Greystone $21.95) describes how Levy was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s at age 43, then breast cancer eight months later. Along the way, she repairs a broken relationship with her daughter, re-connects with new and old friends, and gains a new appreciation for her husband, Bergen.

Levy describes disease-coping mechanisms from deranged sexual fantasies about her dentist-turned-rock-star flossing her teeth to descriptions of her Cry Lady—a sobbing, blubbering woman that inhabited her body. It’s proof positive that hardship can rekindle relationships, and a healthy mindset can overcome severe physical challenges.

Robyn Michele Levy’s Most of Me: Surviving My Medical Breakdown was selected as a finalist for the 2012 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour Writing. The other four short-listed titles were The Sisters Brothers by Patrick de Witt (House of Anansi Press Inc.); On the Outside Looking Indian by Rupinder Gill (McClelland & Stewart); The Woefield Poultry Collective by Susan Juby (Harper Collins Publishing); and Happiness Economics by Shari Lapena (Brindle & Glass).

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Most of Me (Greystone $21.95) 2012 978-1-55365-632-6


Most of Me (Greystone $21.95)
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It only gradually dawned on Robyn Michele Levy that something was wrong. Levy had a rigid left arm, frozen facial expressions and an embarrassing limp. She lost her job after five years of depression. But she resisted her doctor’s suggestion that she might have Parkinson’s — a neurodegenerative disease that usually strikes the elderly—even though her father had the disease and had exhibited similar symptoms. Most of Me (Greystone $21.95) describes how Levy was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s at age 43, then breast cancer eight months later. Along the way, she repairs a broken relationship with her daughter, re-connects with new and old friends, and gains a new appreciation for her husband, Bergen. Levy describes disease-coping mechanisms from deranged sexual fantasies about her dentist-turned-rock-star flossing her teeth to descriptions of her Cry Lady—a sobbing, blubbering woman that inhabited her body. It’s proof positive that hardship can rekindle relationships, and a healthy mindset can overcome severe physical challenges. 978-1-55365-632-6

[BCBW 2012]