About

George and Akua

“BURY YOUR DEAD. COMFORT THE MORTALLY WOUNDED. PROVIDE FOR THE INJURED. DON’T ENVY THE UNSCATHED; THEIR DAY WILL COME.  BREAK CAMP.”

At the age of forty-three, George Johnston was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Over eighteen years later, in a retrospective dialogue with his readers, George takes you through the journey of his life’s unexpected and unwelcomed surprise. Faced with minimal public understanding of this neurodegenerative condition, with no known cure or cause, George stumbled through the early phases of his condition and saw the deterioration of his personal relationships and his professional career. His body betrayed him and his world crashed.

Not wanting this be his fate in life, George resolved to meet this life challenge with gusto and fervor by emerging a fuller human being. With renewed passion and purpose for his new role in life, George takes his readers through his journey, his pains, triumphs, and his new loves through humor and wit.

Currently, George is an active community member working with associations and businesses to further understanding 0f neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease. He is on the Board of Directors of the Parkinson’s Association of Northern California (PANC); has recently served on the Vestry of Trinity Cathedral in Sacramento; is a facilitator for a monthly PD support group; and leads a bi-monthly hiking group that ventures into the high Sierras, the river wetlands of the Central Valley, and the coastal range of mountains in the Bay Area.

Akua wanted his picture alone, insisting he is more photogenic.  The author doesn’t disagree, but says writing the book trumps being the service dog for the author.