He is a fearless leader of exceptional character, and for the past two years, he’s been hiding something that few of us can understand.

H. Quincy Long, a friend and business leader, shares his unique, courageous perspective on living with Parkinson’s disease in an open letter that “shines a light in all its dirty corners.”

At a recent semi-annual business networking group meeting, H. Quincy Long, one of the group leaders, “came out of the closet,” as he puts it, but not in the way you’re probably thinking.  Through an open letter to the group, he wanted to tell us that he has been living with Parkinson’s Disease for the past two years.

The purpose of our business networking group is to come together to share what we know with each other so that each of us can become smarter and better at what we do.  Although it was probably unintentional, Quincy’s letter has done exactly that.  He presented it in such a way that we can’t help but be just a little bit smarter, more well-rounded, and better-educated after reading it.  (Once you’ve read his letter, you’ll see what I mean.)

I sat with him this morning and discussed what it has meant for him to share this with our group.  I can’t pretend to understand what he is going through, but can only listen and empathize with the challenges he will face for the rest of his life.

In typical fashion, Quincy is leading at the forefront but never wanting to take credit for it.  He believes that by giving of ourselves, we can hopefully benefit others’ lives as well.

Thank you, Quincy.  In sharing your story with us, you have succeeded once again.

Click here to read more by downloading Quincy’s full letter.