The Book

Parkinson’s: A Love Story with Dementia for Dessert  by Ava S. Butler

When Ava’s husband, Richard, is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, she is shocked—not only because of the bad news, but also because Richard was right. A bit of a hypochondriac, Richard often imagined he had contracted one particular deadly condition or another. Over their nineteen years of marriage Ava had dismissed his concerns. But this time it is true. In fact, he has two horrible diseases: Parkinson’s and Lewy body dementia—a fate you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy.

For the next seven years, Ava wages war against these bad boys, writing her reflections and journaling her experiences as she tries everything she can find to help Richard. Parkinson’s: A Love Story with Dementia for Dessert is her honest and brutal, yet beautiful account of losing her life partner and best friend. Deeply sad at times, but also inspiring and even humorous, this story is sure to warm your heart.