Jeff was diagnosed with end stage kidney disease in 1996. He was 26. Since then, he has had two kidney transplants and, as of 2016, went back on dialysis.
Jeff has firsthand experience with the inadequate care and support many chronic kidney disease patients, caregivers, families and friends receive.
As a member of the CKD community, Jeff is determined to help make a difference through education and action. To promote informed and effective advocacy, Jeff provides truthful, useful and easy-to-understand information.
“Chronic Kidney Disease, Life After Diagnosis” is his third book. The book shares new and personal experiences from many people affected by CKD, adds updates to his earlier books and adds new coping mechanisms – including medical cannabis and mindfulness meditation. It chronicles his journey of constant change and offers a road map to finding beauty in the broken.
“Chronic Kidney Disease, Life After Diagnosis” is available on Amazon.
Jeff has found over the years that there is not a one-size-fits-all solution for becoming happier, healthier, more productive, or more creative; when we know ourselves and what works for us, we can change our habits and our lives. Through his books, he shares insights, strategies, stories, and tips that help people understand themselves and create a happier life.
Professionally, Jeff holds a BA from Duquesne University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Jeff has worked extensively in the Juvenile Justice Department and with non-profit youth programs that focused on reintegrating youth into the community, psycho educational counseling, and leadership. This work inspired Jeff to write his book called, A Parent’s Guide – How to Reach Your Teen.
Jeff has an extensive volunteer history, which includes working with Habitat for Humanity, The National Kidney Foundation, The American Kidney Fund and several youth programs, which include Kiwanis. Jeff has also written over 20 articles for various research journals, including Applied Clinical Trials and Research Practioner. Jeff is well versed in behavioral psychology, and psychosocial and psychoeducational counseling.
Jeff was born and raised in Ithaca, NY, a small college town in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of Central NY. If you love waterfalls and snow, then this is the place for you. After graduating from Duquesne University, Jeff moved to Raleigh, NC, where he spent a good part of his life. Now, he permanently finds himself living with his perpetually understanding family, which include his wife, Marie, and their three felines, in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. While he is not working full time in clinical research, he is glued to his laptop, writing and learning everything he can about the human spirit, and how to manage kidney disease..
Jeff tries to live life forward, even though you can only understand it backward. Jeff is open to just about any adventure, and even a whole lot of situations (or conversations) that most people would consider boring. Jeff has been known to do what some would call stupid, but he is a self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie and has a burning need to explore and push limits. Jeff is fascinated by the concepts of happiness, memory, loss, death, regret, art, and beginnings and endings.
Jeff finds compassion, service, and independence to be very critical in the development of the of the human spirit, and Jeff thrives in environments that are rich in these values. He appreciate people who don’t take themselves too seriously. Most would consider Jeff to be a Zen-inspired intellectual who cares about joy and beauty.
One of the most important things Jeff has learned is that one of the toughest challenges of living with a chronic health condition is that the only thing that changes is our physical limitations. We still have dreams and aspirations and goals. We still want to be successful, and loved, and happy. We want the same things as everyone else. No one wants to be sick. But when you are, your actions have consequences.
Some will be expected, others won’t. What’s clear, however, is that your life will not go according to plan. And it’s hard to live with those kinds of restrictions because they breed fear. Jeff shares that we each need to learn that sometimes it’s better to seize an opportunity and live with the consequences, whatever they may be, than to have to live with regret. Because more often than not, it’s just fear that gets in the way of doing the things we want to do. Chronic Kidney Disease – Life After Diagnosis will help you unlock your true potential.
Jeff likes to tell people that living with a chronic illness is like living an exaggerated life.
Jeff’s book shows that those who have CKD struggle with the same issues as everyone else, the only difference is one of magnitude. Our problems are simply magnified, the potential consequences larger and more immediate. We have to grow quickly and adapt to challenging circumstances. But the lessons we’re forced to learn are the same life lessons that we all hope to learn. Jeff adds that if his struggles can help others, healthy and sick alike, in some small way, then it was all worth something in the end. It’s Jeff’s dream, but it’s also all we can really hope for.
Need to Introduce Jeff?
Here is a concise bio that may be helpful if you’re introducing Jeff at an event:
Jeff Parke is quickly becoming one of today’s most influential and thought-provoking observers of finding hope and determination after being diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease . In various circles he is known for his ability to distill and convey complex ideas with clarity, in a way that’s accessible to a wide audience.
In his work, he draws from his keen sense of emotional intelligence, cutting-edge science, the wisdom of the ages, lessons from popular culture, and his own experiences to explore how we can make our lives happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative.
Jeff’s 13 Virtues
One of the most challenging—and most helpful and fun—tasks that Jeff has done as part of writing and living well, was to write his personal 13 Virtue Manifesto. These aren’t specific resolutions, like doing laundry, but the overarching principles by which he tries to live his life.
It took several months to come up with this list, and this project has been a creative way of distilling his core values.
- Be yourself
- Let things go
- Don’t put things off – do them now
- Be polite
- Don’t judge – everyone has their own story
- Be respectful and mindful
- Open your mind and heart to new things
- Enjoy the smell of a fresh rain
- Remember to breathe deeply
- There are always going to be setbacks
- Make time to volunteer
- Enjoy a warm summer
- And always set your own path
Besides publishing Chronic Kidney Disease – Life After Diagnosis, Jeff has produced the Focus Manifesto, and the Kidney Coach Playbook. If you are struggling to stay focused in a world that is full of distractions, then the Focus Manifesto is well worth reading.
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