Hi everyone, my name is Martin, I'm 32 years old and was diagnosed with Parkinsons just last week. 2014 was something of a life defining year for me, as I also was married to my beautiful wife in April last year and also bought a new house. My story seems to be familiar to many of you, I initially experienced a right handed tremor towards the start of 2014, in fact to begin with it was barely a tremor at all, more of a slight twitch I noticed when trying to pick up a 20p piece from my bedside or when attempting to eat popcorn at the cinema. I visited a neurologist back in June for the first time and had an MRI, nerve tests (which I've since learned is a test for MND) and blood tests. When all of those came back clear, I was referred for a DAT scan in December which sadly came back showing reduced dopimine in the left hand side of my brain. Since Parkinsons was first mentioned as a possible prognosis back in November, my symptoms went into over-drive, I think that stress definitely plays a part in magnifying the effect of the condition. Now that I have come to accept the diagnosis, they have reduced back to what I was previously experiencing.
I am absolutely determined to not let this beat me. This website has been tremendously informative and has given me real hope and support. As things stand I am on no medication at all, I accept that in time this will become a necessity but whilst I can manage without then I will. My initial fears about being banned from driving, having to medically retire with immediate effect have been eased by reading the personal stories section and I suppose that I am lucky in some respects that I am not in a manual job so should be able to continue working as normal unless my condition significantly worsens. A positive outlook coupled with some excercise would definitely seem to have a positive effect on the condition, so I will definitely be trying to get regular excercise.
I am also determined to throw myself into raising money and awareness to hopefully progress towards better treatments and a cure. I am optimistic that this condition will be cured by medical science within the forseeable future and tremendous progress appears to be being made on a yearly basis. Until then let's do all we can to support one another on both the bad days and the good.