I was diagnosed in 2006. I was concerned beginning 2 years before that with loss of use in my left hand. I ignored it for two years. So prior to going to the doctor I had already diagnosed myself with a neurological problem. The ones I knew most about were: a brain tumor ; multiple sclerosis ; and Parkinson's. My mother had Parkinson's but no one else. I was sent to a neurologist, he confirmed my suspicions of Parkinson's. I felt it the lesser evil and was relieved. Now 3 years from my diagnosis I find my slowness particularly irritating. Also I am wobbly when I walk.
I am an x-elementary teacher and a practicing artist. Now I'm finding illustrating is my best vinue. As long as my meds are right I am basically cheerful and positive. I have helped get a local support group going and tai chi sessions, which I love and would encourage every one to try. I definitely see the difference when I don't exercise! But I'm so busy with everything and run out of time sometimes.
Nov 12, 2009
Feb 05, 2012