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Dr. Rolf Lulloff's new book delivers a personal take on a shared Parkinson's disease journey

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"Living and Loving with Parkinson's Disease" highlights the Lulloffs' special care partnership

GREEN BAY, Wis. - s4story -- Orthopedic surgeon Rolf Lulloff's new book, Living and Loving with Parkinson's Disease: Our Partnership Through a 45-Year Journey (M&B Global Solutions Inc.), provides practical advice and gives readers an intimate look into the love story that he and his late wife, Annie, experienced in navigating their long-term care partnership.

Care persons, their spouses, and extended family and friends will benefit from the tips and care suggestions Dr. Rolf compiled from his front-row seat to the ever-changing road that was Annie's battle with Parkinson's disease.

"The sense of despair that often accompanies the loss of control from Parkinson's can be overwhelming," explains Ann McKee, MD, director of the Boston University CTE Center and UNITE brain bank. "Rolf and Annie Lulloff are great examples of how focusing on love and resilience makes it possible to enjoy a fulfilling quality of life."

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The first signs of trouble emerged well before Annie's official diagnosis

The Lulloffs were entering an exciting stage of life in 1976 when the first signs of health issues that lie ahead for Annie began to emerge soon after they moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin, with their young family. Her sudden loss of sense of smell, severe anxiety attacks, vision issues, and other neurological challenges piled up, eventually culminating in a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease on New Year's Eve, 1989.

But Rolf and Annie were not about to let Parkinson's get the best of them. They cultivated a special relationship as care partners while enjoying life to its fullest over the next thirty-one years until Annie's passing in 2021. Their commitment to experiencing all that life has to offer strengthened their bond and established them as examples for others going through similar journeys.

"The loving journey that Rolf and Annie Lulloff traveled together should be a model for all families dealing with Parkinson's and other neurodegenerative diseases," states Lisa McHale, director of Legacy Family Relations for the Concussion Legacy Foundation.

Living and Loving with Parkinson's Disease is available on Amazon in paperback and digital formats at https://amzn.to/3ZiSO5m.

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