Aged 49, generally fit (some would say very), healthy eater but do enjoy a few beers - not like the heady days at university, but probably not quite within the current guidelines either.
I trained for, and completed the Etape du Tour (http://www.letapedutour.com) on 20th July 2014. Basically, it is an organised event, much like the London Marathon, where you turn up and do a mountain stage of the Tour de France within defined time limits and with basic mechanical support along the way.
Training for any such event is hard, and when I was banging out intense intervals (100%+ of HR Max) my right arm would shake, quite violently and certainly uncontrollably ... I just put it down to getting on a bit, and certainly didn't want to consult with the doctor since you need a medical certificate to take part in the event.
Increasingly, my right hand side became "lazy" (I have to concentrate to swing my right arm when walking for example) and simple things like taking stuff off the stove and tipping it became a bit of a struggle so I went to see the GP mid October.
GP felt there was possibly a trapped nerve between the vertebrae in my neck and referred me to a neurologist via private healthcare scheme I'm fortunate enough to benefit from through work.
I saw the consultant on Tuesday 28th October, and after some hand-eye co-ordination tests, observations of motor skills, and examination of the joints, the consultant dropped the bombshell that while the symptoms were very minor, they were also very definite, and I had early Parkinsons. I felt completely hollow, like he'd ripped open my chest and torn my innards out - probably mainly through naivity to be fair, it just sounded so terminal the way he delivered it. We discussed drugs to treat the symptoms, but I've never taken anything unless I feel on death's door, so for now am rejecting the "opportunity" to have them.
Some combination of anger, grief, frustration and disbelief means I haven't told my wife yet - I will, but just need to get my own head around it all first (hence I'm here - help!).
I know I need to change my thought processes to be more positive, and turn the "being devastated by PD" thought processes into "living with PD" - however long any of us live with any condition, ultimately only WE can impact how WE let it affect how we feel on the inside, and I know which I prefer.
I still cycle, and will now change my choice of charity when I enter events, from cancer research (which took my mother aged just 60 in 1998) to PD related charities, and make sure I cycle that bit harder, longer and more frequently to give whatever I can.
I can almost face myself in the mirror and admit the condition now, without welling up, so I'm getting there.