Kirk Hall

Biography

Kirk Hall is a husband, father, and grandfather of six who lives in the Denver area. He has been an author and patient-perspective Parkinson’s advocate since 2011. His personal experience as a PWP includes participation in three area support groups, clinical research studies including two visits to the National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disease & Stroke (NINDS), and joint presentations with movement disorder specialists to support groups sponsored by the Parkinson Association of the Rockies (PAR) and University of Colorado Hospital. Kirk has been a guest speaker at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center in Phoenix and has been the subject of television, radio, and newspaper interviews.
He has an undergraduate BS in business from Ohio State and an MBA in Human Resource Development from SUNY at Buffalo. He and his wife of 43 years, Linda, are Parkinson Disease Foundation Clinical Research Advocates. Kirk’s Shaky Paws Grampa blog, which includes articles about his writing, advocacy activities, PD-related subjects, and personal journey, can be found at http://shakypawsgrampa.blogspot.com/.

Smashwords Interview

Is writing your profession?
I retired from my business career with companies that included American Express, Federated Department Stores, Panasonic, and Cook Publishing during the summer of 2008. I had experienced symptoms including extreme fatigue, shakiness, and lapses in mental acuity/concentration/memory since early that year and was diagnosed with Parkinson's PD) in April 2008. Following retirement, I started a journal to keep a record of events/appointments, status of symptoms, and what I was feeling. I have always enjoyed writing, but never considered trying to do it for a living. Frankly, I couldn't imagine having enough to say about anything to write a book, though, like many others, the notion appealed to me. After I had started keeping the journal, it occurred to me that I might be interested in writing a book related to PD at some point.
Is there anything in particular that motivated you to actually start writing?
I was scheduled to have deep brain stimulation surgery in March 2011. Early that year (January) I was thinking about an interaction with some of my grandchildren the previous summer. They had noticed that my hands shook sometimes and asked why that happened. I responded spontaneously "Grampa just has shaky paws". As I reflected back on that event, it occurred to me that it might be fun to attempt to write a book for my grandchildren based on that comment. I started writing without having a destination in mind, which is not normally my preference. I decided to feature my oldest grandson and write it in his voice. So Carson told the story about our relationship, how he started to notice some unusual things going on with me, the sale of our "log cabin" and subsequent move closer to his family, and my "special procedure" at the hospital (deep brain stimulation surgery) that took away my "shakiness" and enabled us to have more fun together. Later on, after Easter, I added a page about a prayer of thanks that I had tried to say at Easter dinner. I choked up, so Gramma helped me finish the prayer. That was how "Carson And His Shaky Paws Grampa" came into being. After writing it, I realized that this book might be useful to adults who were interested in communicating with their children or grandchildren regarding illnesses they were experiencing. I shared it with a few people in the PD world, and it rather quickly took on a life of its own. It has since been published by innovopublishing.com and has led to national speaking engagements, advocacy involvement, and media interviews.
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Books

Footprints: A Memoir
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 40,470. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Diseases / nervous system (incl. brain)
This memoir is a collection of stories and thoughts that I had written for my sons. I am publishing this “lightly-edited” version for those who may have interest in knowing more about my life after reading any or all of my PD-related books. Additionally, I hope it might stimulate ideas for those who may be thinking about writing their own memoir.
Window Of Opportunity: Living with the reality of Parkinson's and the threat of dementia
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 36,530. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Diseases / Alzheimer’s & dementia
"Window of Opportunity" is the story of one person’s journey through the initial signs of cognitive impairment associated with Parkinson’s disease and the uncertainty of a future that includes a significant probability of dementia. The book is a tribute to someone who is able to maintain a positive orientation despite the threat of something as devastatingly frightening as dementia.

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