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Parkinson’s Disease, self-management with Parkinson’s, degenerative disease memoir, progressive disease self-help, inspiring, memoir poetry, Dutch-Canadian

Grab the Spark
How My Parkinson's Journey Sparked My Creativity Through Stories, Poems and Photos
by Joe W. van Koeverden

Joe W. van Koeverden, MBA, PwP, has lived with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) for ten years. For the last twenty years, he worked in senior management as a CEO, president, and CAO. He’s twenty years cancer free and has been clean and sober for over thirty-five years. My Parkinson’s Journey and Finding My Creative Spark is his first book. He hopes to motivate and provide a positive message for those living with PD with short stories and poems of his experiences.

Joe is a dedicated advocate and volunteer with several organizations committed to research on better living practices for people with Parkinson’s (PwP). He is a member of the Peterborough Parkinson Support Group and the Davis Phinney Foundation Poetry Group. He serves on the Patient Advisory Committee for Parkinson Canada and the Patient Advisory Board for the Movement Disorder Clinic, University Health Network, Toronto.

"Joe makes himself vulnerable so readers with Parkinson's can see the honest truth of how he lives well with Parkinson's He emphasizes practical, real-life "action items," tips, hints, and how to gain acceptance." —Wayne Gilbert, Professor of Poetry, Denver, CO, USA

"Joe is the rare mix of a scientific mind and a poet’s soul, and in his well-written book he showcases both in equal measure. His thoughtful evocative poetry exposing us to his ’creative spark’. Through his prose, Joe shares his journey with Parkinson’s; the good and the bad. He offers up specific strategies and tips on not just living, but - living well - with PD."

—Davis Phinney, Davis Phinney Foundation,

"Joe is an integral member of the Parkinson Canada community through leadership, and contributions to PAC and local support group. Sharing his passion through writing, brings valuable insight to living with PD and his dedication is inspiring."

—Karen Lee, Parkinson Canada CEO

“Here we find a life story of acceptance, adaptation, perseverance, and courage. Joe has laid out a clear and simple plan for his journey with Parkinson’s. It is one that we would do well to follow.”

—Tim Hague, U-Turn Parkinson’s, Founder & Executive Director

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Joe lives in Peterborough, Ontario with his wife Andi and their golden retriever, Riley. You can connect with him through his website: or


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