Your Wildest Dreams

A Parkinson's Love Story

by Michelle Terrill Heath

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/12/2023

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 264
ISBN : 9798765240199
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 264
ISBN : 9798765240212
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 264
ISBN : 9798765240205

About the Book

Michelle Terrill Heath has lived an unconventional life, partly by choice and partly by circumstance. As a teenager, she met the love of her life, Andy, and they have been married for forty-seven years. They are a happy, healthy, and adventurous couple who have discovered how to continue this lifestyle, even through the onslaught of Andy’s Parkinson’s disease. In Your Wildest Dreams, Heath offers a unique and intimate view into their unconventional choices and ways of living. Through examining their own life experiences, which have included both the exotic and the mundane, strategies emerge for living well in all circumstances. For example, they traveled to India to work at an orphanage where they built a 125-foot suspension bridge. Another time in their life, they sailed a thirty-seven-foot trimaran sailboat across the Gulf of Mexico through a major storm. When faced with Parkinson’s, lessons from these experiences buoyed them. When their art business began to fail or when the fidelity of their marriage was tested, more approaches emerged. Lessons are learned that translate directly when faced with the reality of living with an incurable disease.

About the Author

Michelle Terrill Heath and her husband, Andy, have earned their living as traveling artists, creating welded bronze jewelry and selling their art at juried shows. They raised two children in the tiny home they crafted in a mountain forest near Taos, New Mexico, living without running water, plumbing, or electricity for more than twenty-four years. Heath continues to be Andy’s caregiver, embracing the best life they can while living with Parkinson’s disease for eighteen years.