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Sailing Stormy Seas: The Illness Experience of Persons with Parkinson\u27s Disease

Abstract

Parkinson\u27s disease is a chronic, progressive disorder with no known cause or promising cure. While substantial information is known about the pathophysiology, little is known about the illness experience of living with the disease. A qualitative study using an ethnographic approach was conducted to provide a rich understanding of the illness experience. The illness experience was apprehended through field work in two support groups and the personal accounts of 14 participants with Parkinson\u27s disease. The metaphor, Sailing the Sea in The Eye of the Storm, is the overarching theme and was chosen to conceptualize the voyage of persons living with Parkinson\u27s disease. Two prevailing sub-themes were Daily Negotiations in the Midst of Uncertainty and Reconstruction of the Self

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This paper was published in NSU Works.

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