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Optimism helps with coping

Joel Havemenn underwent an advanced brain surgery procedure to alleviate symptoms caused by Parkinson’s disease. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Joel, despite some difficulty walking, makes his way from the office to the bus stop. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Los Angeles Times reporter Joel Havemann, center, commutes to work using public transportation in Washington, D.C. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Havemann, copying a message from his answering machine, says he often has trouble reading his own writing. He received some relief after undergoing brain surgery in 2004. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Joel Havemann often cooks dinner for his family, but sometimes must sit down when his legs get tired. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)