The Heartwarming Story of the Unfolding of a Rigid Man


The Heartwarming Story of the Unfolding of a Rigid Man


This 80 page e-book download, in PDF format, is a prelude to the "Out-Thinking Parkinson's" Series.

Dr Gary Sharpe, was diagnosed with Early Onset Parkinson’s Disease at the age of 35, at the peak of high flying career as a Scientist. Gary was led to believe by his medical professionals that he was facing a hopeless decline with inevitable degeneration. For Gary, this became a self-fulfilling narrative and for seven years he became increasingly frozen and rigid of body, mind, and heart. Everything changed when, in the Fall of 2015, Gary encountered Deb Helfrich, a Philosopher and Wellness Mentor, on a professional networking website.



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This book contains the tale of how, with love, Deb inspired Gary to start living again and begin a profound journey of healing. It contains the unique insights of a person who had lost all hope but was being given a second chance. This book is therefore not only for anybody interested in the subjects of recovery from illness, but also for anyone who celebrates true love as the most powerful healing force in the world.


Deb became aware of Gary through the blog posts he was writing. She saw through the façade of the argumentative persona Gary was presenting. Deb saw a business opportunity in combining forces with Gary and they began to brainstorm and talk at length on the phone about what they might achieve in partnership.

When Gary revealed that he had Parkinson’s, the pieces of his puzzle all fell into place for Deb. She began to take him on a journey back into wellness through a process of re-awakening his feelings, but unexpectedly found her own emotions ignited. They felt an undeniable magnetic attraction and the two began to dance around how to express romantic feelings when they knew so little about each other. As they fell for each other from afar, they came to understand, for the first time in both their lives, the meaning and power of True Love.

The loving kindness that Deb offered Gary not only began to mend his broken heart, but also ignited his desire to change and to seek a new life. She inspired him to write like he’d never written before. The subject of Change became the main theme of his essays and, through his writing, he began to allegorically reflect, in a very public way, the transformation he was himself undergoing with Deb in private.   

The articles written by Gary, as inspired by Deb’s love, during that time are recreated here in the order they were written, but annotated to reveal, for the first time, the unfolding True Love story which was being played out in the background.


5 out of 5 stars. This Book is Awesome!!

By Brigette Hyacinth on June 28, 2016

This book is Awesome!!! Totally blew me away! Having followed Deb and Gary on LinkedIn for some time now. I am beyond impressed. Deb is a fantastic writer and one of the most selfless and generous person on LinkedIn. This book was beautifully written and deeply touching. Excellent practical advice given…easy to follow. Highly recommend the Sharpe-Helfrich method! 5 stars!!!

5 out of 5 stars! A Beautiful Story

By amanda on July 8, 2016

A beautiful and touching story of two people from afar that met through writing blog posts. Theirs is a story of love, courage and endurance. The book is beautifully written and will tug on your heart strings. I highly recommend this book by Dr. Gary Sharpe and Deb Helfrich.