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Life lessons from a Paul McCartney look-alike

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DENVER - After years as working as a Paul McCartney look-alike and making appearances worldwide, Mike Oltersdorf's appearances have a new purpose.

In 2004, Oltersdorf was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. After that, instead of just posing for pictures and singing Beatles' songs, Mike began talking about the disease. In 2008, he started writing a book.

Unfortunately, Oltersdorf's symptoms got so bad, he wasn't able to finished it. His son, Dan Oltersdorf, stepped in and the two worked together.

The finally finished the book in December.

"The title, "The New Norm," reflects the fact that we all face new normals everyday. For my dad, his new normals happen to be changing symptoms of a degenerative disease, but we all have new normals and its about how to thrive in the midst of those and really live your purpose," Dan Oltersdorf said.

"One of my new normals is my dad having Parkinson's and really changing in a role of he has been there for me my entire life and now I have the chance to be there for him and there's challenges and opportunities that are a part of that."

Right now, Mike is in the hospital recovering from a fall. His family hopes he'll be able to go home soon. In the meantime, Dan says his dad continues to draw inspiration from one of his favorite Paul McCartney songs.

"In the song Blackbird, Paul talks about taking these broken wings and learning to fly so my dad really sees the meaning of that song. For him, is that his broken wings happen to be Parkinson's, but that we all have broken wings and that we can all learn to fly."

Proceeds from "The New Norm" will go to the National Parkinson Foundation. To get a copy, visit

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