Parkinson’s Diva


FINDING YOUR INNER DIVA: Movement disorders specialist and a Parkinson’s patient herself, Dr. Maria De Leon, pulls together an informative, yet tender piece on understanding and dealing with Parkinson’s from a woman’s perspective . . . and keep that inner diva rolling! Parkinson’s Diva: A Woman’s Guide to Parkinson’s Disease is like no other book out there.


Product Description

Parkinson’s disease affects all sides of you: your inside, your outside, and your “right” side—that is, the side where you feel positive, balanced, and beautiful. How do you find that edge when you’re not feeling very sharp at all?

Parkinson’s Diva is a personal and professional accounting of a young Parkinson’s doctor’s experience with the disease in all realms of her life . . . from doctor, caregiver, and ultimately as a young Parkinson’s patient herself.

Not only does Dr. Maria De León cover important basics of PD and research-based data, she also shares the personal concerns and gender-specific battles that young women who live with the disease must face. She encourages all of us to be empowered through education, self-awareness, and faith. This book is about embracing your own style and grace in your journey with PD . . . as Maria says “summoning your inner diva.”

302 pages, stunning glossy cover by artist Ros Webb, 6×9 paperback, just $19.99 plus shipping.

Words of Praise for Parkinson’s Diva

“Dr. De León, a neurologist and Parkinson’s patient herself, writes with great sensitivity and deep personal insight about issues of critical interest to all women with PD. She blazes the trail toward a better understanding of gender differences and makes an important contribution to the literature on Parkinson’s disease.”

Diane G. Cook, Patient Representative Consultant, FDA; People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council, Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. 

“Dr. De León writes with intelligence, compassion, unflinching honesty and practicality, but most importantly with positivity and faith. Parkinson’s Diva is an informative and insightful book for women on how to live and live well with Parkinson’s disease.”

–  Mya C. Schiess, MD; Professor of Neurology; Director UT MOVE 

Additional Information


Maria De León


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DeLeon_073Maria De León is movement disorder neurologist, who completed her postgraduate fellowship training at Baylor College of Medicine in 1999. She was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2008. Although she is currently on sabbatical, she spends her time involved in related activities as a well-respected and well-versed resource on PD. She is a consultant and frequent guest lecturer for the School of Social Work at Stephen F. Austin University; a member and research advocate for the People with Parkinson’s Advisory Committee (PPAC) for the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF); and is the Texas assistant director for the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN).

Maria established along with one of her former Parkinson’s patients, Howard A. “Woody” Wolfson. Since his passing, she now carries the full responsibility of running this organization, whose sole purpose is to provide free counseling to Parkinson’s patients and their families in the East Texas region. She is also an active member of the Parkinson’s Inside Out think tank, inaugurated in 2014. Concomitantly, she works vigorously to improve the lives of those with neurological disease at all levels by instructing pre-med students and health professionals alike. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Association of American University Women (AAUW) Award for her work in the field of medicine.

Parkinson’s Diva: A Woman’s Guide to Parkinson’s Disease is a culmination of Maria’s many experiences and insights. She resides with her husband and daughter in Nacogdoches, Texas. You can contact her through,, and