Author and friend of NPFM Jean Larson has a NEW poetry book hot off the press.  Enjoy her reading a poem from her book! Watch NOW!


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Many of us know what it feels like for someone in the family to receive the diagnosis of a chronic disease. Author Jean Larson of Falcon Heights, Minn., describes it as an overwhelming feeling—“. . . like being told to climb a mountain and not being at all equipped!”

In 1990, Jean’s husband, Milton, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. For over 24 years, they walked an intense and emotional journey with this chronic disease. Larson’s new book, Hope on the Journey: Walking with Chronic Disease, gives voice to their feelings. People with a chronic disease diagnosis and their caregivers will resonate with this story. Health professionals will receive insight on caregivers’ feelings, and people of faith will nod their heads in understanding.

Published in 2016 by Huff Publishing Associates of Edina, Minn., Hope on the Journey is a compilation of poems and reflections along with a bit of friendly advice, written by Larson between January 2014 and February 2016, during the last part of their journey.

Larson has done readings at various support groups, both before and since her book was published. She has also read at special public events, for groups of health professionals, at Struthers Parkinson’s Center, at the Lyngblomsten Care Center and for the National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota. Most notably, Larson read for an audience of hundreds gathered at Northrop Auditorium at the University of Minnesota in November. Readings scheduled for January 2017 include the following:

  • “Books, Cheese and Wine” book discussion on Jan. 12 from 5:30–7 p.m. Hosted by 2nd Half with Lyngblomsten at the Lyngblomsten Community Room (1415 Almond Ave., St. Paul). Cost is $5 if registered by Jan. 10, $8 at the door. Register by phone (651) 632-5330 or by email
  • Anthony Park Lutheran Church Adult Forum on Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. (2323 Como Ave., St. Paul).


A quote attributed to former first lady Rosalynn Carter says, “There are only four kinds of people in the world – those who have been caregivers, those who are caregivers, those who will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers.” If this is true, chances are very strong that you have been, you already are, or will be a caregiver! Let this book, Hope on the Journey, help you give voice to your feelings and provide you with encouragement as you weave your way along this route in life.


Copies of Hope on the Journey: Walking with Chronic Disease, are available at, or, and through Barnes and Noble.


EDITOR’S NOTE: To arrange a book reading, or an interview with Jean Larson, or to request a review copy of Hope on the Journey: Walking with Chronic Disease, contact the author at



Raised in Wisconsin, Jean Larson now resides in Falcon Heights, Minn. She is a mother, grandmother, writer, poet, teacher, former missionary wife, volunteer, advocate, storyteller and public speaker.

After spending nearly 20 years teaching with her husband on the island of Madagascar and raising four children, she worked on grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at the University of Minnesota, and was Business Coordinator for the successful Steger International Polar Expedition to the North Pole in 1986. Jean was Coordinator for a national study on Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA) at the VA Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn., after which she retired to be with her husband and continue on their journey with Parkinson’s disease.

Today she spends her skills and time in church activities, volunteering, writing, fund-raising for Parkinson’s causes, and public speaking.

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“A must read for caregivers seeking to find hope in their journey with Parkinson’s disease. Thank you, Jean, for this labor of love.”

Julie Steen, Executive Director, National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota


“Jean Larson offers a thoughtful look into the caregiver journey by examining emotions in an honest manner while offering practical advice. Caregivers, Health professionals, and others working to support those living with chronic illness can benefit from Jean’s insights and wisdom.”

Rose Wichmann, Manager, Struthers Parkinson’s Center


Hope on the Journey, Jean’s honest portrayal of the years she and her husband lived with Parkinson’s disease, will resonate with readers. Her words will encourage those on the journey and comfort those whose journey has ended. Her spirit of hope and thankfulness is an inspiration.”

Lorna Breiter, caregiver support group facilitator


Hope on the Journey draws the reader into a courageous encounter not only with Parkinson’s disease, but with the costly pilgrimage of a loving caregiver. Larson writes with grace and a heart made thankful by her Christian hope. It rings true—hearty soul food for any fellow travelers.”

Paul Ofstedal, pastor and former caregiver


“Life themes of change, struggle, loss, and grief are woven through Jean’s writing of personal growth, love and hope. Her poetry gives permission to tell personal stories and start conversations that lead to healing and understanding.”

Jay Haukom, PD support group facilitator, Lyngblomsten Care Center.