From the publisher:
The imaginative, hilarious, and moving memoir of a woman coping with both Parkinson's disease and breast cancer.
At age forty-three, Robyn Levy was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease
and, eight months later, with breast cancer. With irreverent and at
times mordant humour, Most of Me chronicles Levy's early,
mysterious symptoms of Parkinson's (a dragging left foot, a frozen left
hand, and a crash into "downward dead dog" position on the yoga mat),
the devastating diagnosis, her discovery of two lumps in her breast, her
mastectomy and oophorectomy (after which she discovers there is no
ovary fairy), and her life since then dealing with her diverse disease
Levy is accompanied on her journey by a fantastic cast of characters,
including her Cry Lady (who always makes appearances at inopportune
times) and perky Dolores the Prosthesis, as well as her loyal dog and a
convoy of health professionals, family members, friends, and neighbours.
She makes the best of her visits to those health professionals. At an
appointment with her neurologist, she participates in party games such
as "try to move the patient's rigid left arm." After "make the patient
lose her balance but catch her before she falls," Levy is sorry that the
party is over, especially when she gets a prescription instead of a
Both heartbreaking and hilarious, Most of Me offers a unique glimpse into a creative mind, an ailing body, and the restorative power of humour and fantasy.