Her book is not whiney or depressing. There is no hint of “poor me” or of being a victim. Instead, I was inspired and encouraged by reading Allison Smith-Conway’s recently released memoir, I Am Not Contagious.
Currently at the age of 34, Allison has experienced three life-changing diagnoses: an auto-immune disease at the age of 13, colon cancer at 24 and Parkinson’s Disease at 32. She has undergone multiple surgeries and has endured life-changing procedures for colon cancer as well as had Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s.
With her Master’s degree in Marital and Family Therapy, her interest in health and fitness and certification as a personal trainer combined with her personal experience of chronic illness, Allison founded the program, Parkinson’s in Balance. She enjoys helping people with their day-to-day struggles with Parkinson’s, focusing on living in the present rather than being preoccupied with the uncertainty of the future. Parkinson’s in Balance organizes support groups, fitness classes and outreach. In April of 2012, Allison’s efforts were recognized by the National Parkinson's Foundation, which named her a Parkinson's Superstar for her exemplary contributions to the Parkinson’s community.
While her illnesses aren’t contagious, Allison’s passion for life and indomitable spirit are catchy. Read more about Allison Smith-Conway, I Am Not Contagious, and Parkinson's in Balance at: http://parkinsonsinbalance.net