Mid Hudson Reviews

October 19, 2019

What a gift you gave our group yesterday, John!  I can’t thank you enough for sharing your story so honestly, so personally, with such humor and such common sense.  As I think I told you at lunch, numerous people told me enthusiastically that it was the very best program we’d ever had!  It was eye-opening for the students and care partners alike and remarkably reassuring and inspiring to those living with PD every day.  It was clear that “Living Your Best Life” was everyone’s goal and you certainly set out an inspiring, helpful way to achieve it.  Thank you!

“Memories are made of this!”

One favor – I’d love to have a copy of your book for our library, if you can add one more to your shipment.  Thanks!

Again, our heartfelt gratitude and best wishes,


Nancy Redkey, Chair

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group of the Mid-Hudson Valley


Hi John,

I just wanted to thank you for today.  It was lovely meeting you and your talk was real and warm and funny and touching and inspiring.  My three Marist students were overwhelmed by the experience.  They have never participated in anything like this before.  They have been talking about it all day. So, thank you for sharing yourself with us.


I hope our paths cross again in the future.  You have another fan now.  So, if nothing else, you are up to 2 (there must be many more!)


Take Care,




We all felt inspired and enjoyed listening to your presentation. Even though we are not living with Parkinson’s, we felt boost of motivation to continue helping those who are living with this disease. I am motivated to make more personal phone calls to people living with PD and asking how they are doing. Sometimes that “extra” bit of kindness truly makes a difference to someone. I am also motivated to research program ideas and partner with other organizations that may have similar values.

I learned that life is unexpected and that you cannot control it. What matters is your attitude!

-Great way to end the day, brave man, thank you very much!

-Good, excellent, great, outstanding speaker, very moving!

-Inspirational who just “gets it”

-Positive thinker and very funny!

-Honest speaker but also humorous!

Parkinson’s Society of Southwest Ontario, Canada, Symposium Keynote Presentation

“whatever hand life deals you, whatever life changing adversity you have to endure, you still have some control over it.” “You don’t have to just to live well,” he advises,” but live an Amazing Life.” The formula he proposes: Faith in yourself, discipline, determination, desire, intensity, and inner strength.


Yes, you touched every person at our conference, who will in turn change and impact so many others. The feedback from our participants was overwhelmingly positive. You are the only speaker to ever receive a standing ovation. Thank you for taking time to share, motivate and inspire. We are blessed to know you.


I will be honest. During the first 10 minutes of your presentation, I started reading work related material on my laptop. For surely, I had watched your You-Tube and seen your videos and knew what to expect. Surely, as a therapist I had studied this disease, the pathological components, the psychological components, the treatment alternatives……..Surely, I understand it.

Not so much. You caught my attention and I was enthralled. You were able to couple the impairments you experience with the emotions felt. You walked us through your life with the disease through “your eyes”. A perspective that a therapist/nurse rarely has the chance to hear. We get so busy telling patients how to deal with x, y and z, but our eyes are blurred by the science of it all most of the time.

You did it through truth, Through your humor, humility and determination to tell your story. One that most deservedly needs to be shared.

I will advocate to have you share your story. I appreciate your determination, diligence and dedication.