Imagine being diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 41. That’s just what happened to John Baumann in 2002. Since then, John has re-invented himself as an inspiring speaker reflecting upon “life lessons learned.”
Now, in his early 60s, John has not only survived Parkinson’s, but has flourished in the face of this condition. John has been able to continually reach deep down into himself to tap into the qualities that have proven critical in combating this horrific illness.
John accepts limited engagements bringing his inspirational story of slowing the progression of the disease through his unflappable positive attitude, vast experiential knowledge and surprisingly insightful, humorous message to both healthcare and non-healthcare audiences of all sizes.
The first qualities that come to mind are discipline, hard work, perseverance, and resilience. What John, and his wife Bernadette, needed to find within themselves were intensity, tenacity, inner strength, and a strong faith to not only battle, but somehow, embrace this disease.
After being diagnosed, John continued to work as an attorney for ten years, joined the faculty at the University of Louisville and wrote a critically-acclaimed book entitled, “Decide Success: You ain’t dead yet.”
Before being diagnosed, John practiced law for 15 years after graduating from Cornell Law School and summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts.
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