Well said lugmeister regarding the media portrayal of Parkinsons.
Far too often I have read in the press that, such and such a well know name has died from Parkinsons.I have even contacted PUK head office regarding this matter.
I have also taken to task some journalists on their irresponsible reporting on this matter; Ephraim Hardcastle beng one who I e mailed and I did not even have the courtesy of a reply.
However, it's a catch 22 situation in some respects. We need celebrities to raise the profile of Parkinsons and, at some time in the future any one with P may have severe signs, such as those exhibited by Ali and Michael J. It is NOT a false picture, it's the unfortunate truth of this insidious disease.
I do agree that long time members of the forum should try to post postively, as much as possible; it's a bleak place otherwise for the newbies if it's all negativity and there is a great deal of those types of posts.
So, to get the positivce ball rolling; my OH was diagnosed aged 47 almost 17 years ago. It has not been all plain sailing in the last few years with many hiccups, a major operation due to a complete bowel blockage (P muscles affect internal muscles as well), having to have carers in earlier this year when he dislocated his shoulder BUT, 17 years later we both hope to still have quite a few more years where we can do what we want and travel, as we have done for many years. Some days he cannot get out of a chair but today he walked to town, albeit only 10 minutes away.
Our local P branch Kate has an average onset age of far less than 60, let alone 70!!