Excerpt from “Round 3 – Breaking the Fall”

Published October 25, 2016

I Am Rock Steady: Fighting Back Against Parkinson’s Disease | Julie Young

Excerpt from “Round 3 – Breaking the Fall”:

Every young person who has ever delivered newspapers
around the neighborhood has a house that he or she
dreads collecting from week after week. It is usually the
home of an older person with a cantankerous attitude, someone
who smells of mothballs or insists on paying the paper
bill in small change. There is one on every route, and they
tend to make the job more than a little unpleasant.

For Madeleine O’Mara of Amherst, New Hampshire,
that customer was a woman who never answered the door
with a smile. She greeted the young paper carrier with a
muffled “hello” while her jaw bounced up and down like a
needle in a sewing machine. Instinctively, Madeleine knew
the woman was ill, but she could not imagine what affliction
could cause such a spasm, and naturally, she was too polite to
ask. Instead, she merely collected the money for the weekly
delivery and went about her business wondering why the
woman couldn’t stop her mouth from going up and down
and praying she would never end up like the woman. “What
a foreboding thought that was,” she said.