Moving Forward with a Movement Disorder – Being Inspired to Create Your Plan to Live the Highest Quality of Life Possible

August 23, 2022

John M Baumann*


University of Louisville, USA

*Corresponding Author: John M Baumann, University of Louisville, USA.

Received: August 21, 2021


Our inspiring Keynote Speaker, John Baumann, was an Ivy-League educated attorney who practiced law for 25 years, wrote a book on success, taught at the University of Louisville for 8 years and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s almost 20 years ago when he was a mere 41 years old.

Forget everything in the Introduction.

We are ALL on a journey. Some of us are starting the journey while others are far along into our journey. What we have in common is that we are where we are and we can’t change the past.

We can only influence what we experience going forward. And you can influence your future going forward.

You have a choice.

Do you do all the things necessary to have the highest quality of life possible? Or do you do some of the things necessary to have a higher quality of life?

Or do you keep doing what you are doing at the expense of your long-term health.

The choice is yours.

And the cool thing about “moving forward” is that it does not matter whether you, for example, exercised not one single day of your

life up to now, you get to start fresh, a clean slate.

This program is designed to motivate you to choose the long-term approach, not only effectuating, but then maintaining, a lifestyle change.

I will use myself as an example of someone who has re-invented myself. Twice.

I know that You can draw inspiration from my story.

I will provide you with an outline of the “necessary” steps.

Now, I am not a doctor so don’t consider any of these techniques as medical advice.

They just worked for me. There may not be research yet to back up all that I present to you.

You can adopt my approach, or not, the choice is yours.

You may be hearing some of this for the first time.

Who am I?

I have been on my journey with Parkinson’s for 2 decades, that’s 20 years, that’s 7,300 days, that’s 175,000 minutes. Do you want to know the seconds?

What has PD taken from me:

  • Absolute control of my body,
  • Some non-motor function,
  • Practicing my profession (attorney},
  • Playing my favorite sport (softball),
  • And so much more.


What has PD given me: my blinders have been removed.

What do I have now:

  • Elevated compassion,
  • Increased empathy,
  • Humility,
  • Resourcefulness,
  • Patience,
  • Deeper love,
  • A simpler life,
  • The ability to inspire others to possibly reach heights that they never thought possible,
  • A purpose.


These cannot be discounted.

Of all things, I spend my free time.

Davis Phinney: “Every Victory Counts”.

Movie quote quiz time. Winner gets a book.

What We Do In Life… Echoes In Eternity.

So how do you do it. IMPOSSIBLE. Believe that anything is possible.

The initial step is to commit to it.

I believe that everyone has displayed discipline at some point in their lives. Time to turn that gene on again. CAN YOU DO IT?

Someone recently asked me what are the five changes that will make the most difference in the quality of life for someone with PD

and their care partners?

One: Buy only organic including lots of vegetables and fruit – have as one meal each day organic mixed green and spinach salad in- cluding cucumbers, tomatoes, broccoli, balsamic vinaigrette (reduction) and any other veggies that you can think of. Clean Fifteen/Dirty Dozen.

Two: You may have heard this before. But not really.

To make a difference you Exercise beyond your comfort zone. MARY/ALI/Trevor Berbick (book):

  • Suitable,
  • Stretch,
  • Sweat,
  • Strengthen,
  • Socialize.

Three: Stay engaged:

  • Be active,
  • Involved,
  • Socialize,
  • Discover new interests,
  • Uncover your purpose.

Four: Healthier diet:

  • Drink water not soda, diet soda, sweet drinks,
  • No junk food,
  • No fast food (not lovin it),
  • No fried food,
  • Cut down on the sugar, dairy, beef, pork … even chicken and turkey (YouTubes).

Five: Lifestyle improvements:

  • Get enough rest,
  • Reduce stress wherever possible,
  • Burn the ticks off,
  • Seek out positive people,
  • Keep your sense of humor.


Now that you have my blueprint – time to be motivated, empowered.

I lost my self-confidence, self-image, self-esteem.

How did I get it back?

I took direction from sports figures. (Sorry those who don’t like sports) Ted Williams, Muhammad Ali, and Jim Valvano.

Regain your Shout. Courage. Lost 40 pounds.

Volume 13 Issue 11 November 2021

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“After two years of not being able to hear speakers in person , I was thrilled to have John Bauman as a speaker at our “ Living Well With Parkinson’s’ Gala!. Not only was John engaging and inspiring to get to know off stage , on stage he truly drove home the theme of empowerment to our audience and left our growing community of attendees with several “ aha “ moments and desire to hear more. He spoke from personal experience as a Parkinson’s patient ,inspiring the audiences motivation to truly wish to make a difference and uniting us all in our humanity. Attendees after listening to John , felt inspired to make a difference in the world and do their part to create change for those living with Parkinson’s. My only regret was not being able to spend more time with John and I look forward to having him speak again to our audience.”

Naomi Wong WPP Program Manager

John’s message of hope, inspiration and laughter was ideal for anyone living with PD. He was extremely flexible and a delight to work with.

Leisha Phipps, MSW Program Director - Dallas Area Parkinson Society

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.