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Wed May 20, 2009
This I Believe: Doctor becomes Patient
By Frederic Reamer
Providence, RI – Imagine what it must be like to live your life as a world renowned cardiologist, a celebrated medical scholar, and an international spokesperson for physicians concerned about the daunting implications of nuclear weapons. Life is chock full of meaning, purpose, and never-ending challenge. Now imagine what it must be like to shift both speed and gears abruptly as you cope with the unexpected news that you must now be a patient - a patient who has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and dementia. Indeed, this has been the life course for Dr. Tom Graboys, who reflects on his deeply personal and poignant journey, and his inspiring determination to live his life to the fullest.
Dr. Thomas Graboys is Clinical Professor of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is President Emeritus of the Lown Cardiovascular Research Foundation, and former attending cardiologist at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Lown Cardiovascular Center. Dr. Graboys, who grew up in Fall River, Massachusetts, became a patient himself after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and dementia. He has published a book about his personal battle, Life in the Balance: A Physician's Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss with Parkinson's Disease and Dementia.