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My Degeneration: A Journey Through Parkinson’s, Peter Dunlap-Shohl, 2015

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Cartoonist Peter Dunlap-Shohl was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at age 43. His graphic memoir, My Degeneration, shows how the illness has affected his life.

The book explores the depression and shock that accompanied his diagnosis, his progressively worsening symptoms, and the medication he took to manage symptoms and the drug’s side effects.

Throughout the narrative, Dunlap-Shohl changes his diet and exercise routines, finds support groups, and tries to maintain a positive attitude while coming to terms with an incurable disease.

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