Health and Wellness

Hope, Healing and WellBeing

Mary Treacy O'Keefe

Hope, Healing and WellBeing – Embracing Parkinson’s Disease and Adversity with John Baumann

John Baumann was an athlete and successful attorney when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease at 41 years old. He was told medicine would work for 2-3 years, but at first, he didn’t let this discouraging news slow him down. He practiced law for 6 more years, but then quit to fulfill his passion of writing a book and teaching at a university. He now is an Inspirational success speaker and author of Decide Success: You Ain’t Dead Yet!

John describes the shock, depression, and denial he experienced after first hearing about his diagnosis and prognosis. Eventually, he decided to “Get over it” and do whatever it took to make sure his life had purpose and meaning. For him, this includes engaging in exercise, including Birkham yoga and volunteering. He realizes his purpose in life is to provide inspiration on stage, which he loves to do. He now embraces Parkinson’s Disease and says “with every adversity, it provides the opportunity to show the sort of person you are.” His mother used to say “everything happens for the best.” So John decided to prove that his disease is “for the best.”

From his book, he shares a few of the 12 action steps that have been most helpful to him. For example, one must first do a self-assessment of their situation, then have an ‘end-vision’ of where a person wants to be n 5-10 years. Also, devise a daily action plan, like eating right, exercise and having a positive attitude. John says his “job” now is to live the best possible life he can. For more information