About

Lianna Marie served as her mother’s caregiver and advocate for over 20 years through the many stages of Parkinson’s disease. She founded AllAboutParkinsons.com, an online community that has connected and helped thousands of people with the disease, their families, and their caregivers.

Her first book, Everything You Need to Know About Parkinson’s Disease (2005, revised edition 2015) has been sold in almost fifty countries worldwide, and ranked numerous times on the Amazon bestseller list for books about Parkinson’s. In 2016, Marie followed up on the success of the first book with Everything You Need to Know About Caregiving for Parkinson’s DiseaseBoth books share the goal of educating and helping everyday people with no specialized training, providing comprehensive information, practical tips, and guidance about how to deal with the emotional toll of the disease.

Marie looks forward to the release of three new books, The Parkinson’s Path, The Complete Guide for People with Parkinson’s Disease and Their Loved Ones, and a new revised edition of Everything You Need to Know About Caregiving for Parkinson’s Disease, all in the fall of 2020.

Marie speaks frequently to fellow caregivers, guardians, and nurse practitioners. Born and raised near Toronto, Marie now lives with her husband in Seattle. When not writing or speaking, she can be found in the swimming pool, training for her next competition.

“It has been said the two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. I was born to help people find hope in the dark times and inspire them to live their life to the fullest.”

– Lianna Marie

“It has been said the two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. I was born to help people find hope in the dark times and inspire them to live their life to the fullest.”

– Lianna Marie

Random facts about me 

I have both a Canadian and Irish passport (thanks, Grampa Doherty!), as well as a US green card. I speak fluent French (my parents enrolled me in french immersion school for nine years). I’ve sailed in the Tall Ships Race (2006, from Spain to Belgium). I’ve met and fenced Albert II, Prince of Monaco (we tied). I have competed and medaled internationally in swimming and modern pentathon (shooting, fencing, swimming, show jumping, and running). I served in the Canadian Naval Reserve as a naval communicator. I have a special place in my heart for the elderly. I’ve been known to be a wee bit klutzy at times. I’m a huge sports fan (especially hockey and all Olympic sports). I am obsessed with collecting books. I love travel adventures (there are 13 countries on my passport so far), especially when I get to meet and hang out with the locals. I also love red wine, cold pillows, Irish music, Henry David Thoreau quotes, chasing big dreams (and helping others chase theirs), friends who can keep up with my speed talking, my huge extended family, and inspirational people – especially my  mom.

I’d love to connect with you!