There are some people that you meet in life who you will remember forever. John Baumann is one of those people. I had the opportunity to meet John via our mutual client, The West Virginia Behavioral Healthcare Providers Association. John is full of love and wisdom. He’s done an excellent job of meeting the challenge of living with Parkinson’s Disease head on and inspires others to do the same.
Here’s how John Baumann is Transforming Stigma™:
How do you take care of yourself?
I employ the “daily action steps” concept discussed in my book Decide Success. My DAS Plan includes conducting some research every day, only putting healthy things into my body, exercising every day beyond my comfort zone, doing something positive and staying engaged. I strive to do each of these things every single day whether it takes one hour or five hours. My wife and care partner is very influential in this endevour. She makes me a better person and I hope I do her.
How do you keep the subject of mental health in everyday conversation and in your community?
I seek out audiences to talk about health in general which almost invariably and necessarily includes the subject of mental health. Everyone experiences life-changing events/ challenges/ adversities that have a great chance of resulting in some form of depression. There is no shame in getting help. We need to change our way of thinking about mental illness and that is a large part of my message. I also bring it up in support groups and conversations amongst friends.
How do you find teachable moments to help others who are struggling with mental health challenges?
As I discuss in my book, Decide Success, raise levels of awareness by suggesting that people “continually question what is” and “see beyond what is apparent.” It is so important that people uncover their purpose. I say uncover and not create because it is there, it just needs to be uncovered. When you find your purpose, you will likely find your joy.
What a wonderful presentation, John! You were wonderful and I am so grateful you shared your story. We were receiving excellent feedback in the chat too:
That was fantastic information, thank you for your candor and humor! Awesome 🤩 talk and info ! Thanks much. It’s hard, thanks for sharing. Thank you for sharing your story and for your positive attitude. It’s important to hear this message. This was just what I needed. Thank you so much. you are an inspiration, thank you!
As we stated, we hit 100 participants at 3:09!
Thank you again,
Eden Feldman, LCSWAssociate Director, Community
I do not have the words to thank you enough for making the trip to Dallas to do two presentations for us at CC young. You truly are special and a rockstar and clearly touched many lives today. It is a victory! I was able to run all over campus and welcome guests and host you. It was a victory. Thanks to you for helping me think that way. We will catch you on the next round. Get some rest my friend. Safe travels. And know we love you from CC Young and Dallas!
PattyCC Young and Dallas
“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 WongWPP 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, MSWProgram 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.
MARY SPREMULLIVOICE AEROBICS
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.
DIRECTOR OF MARKETINGREHABILITATION HOSPITAL
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.