I have posted on this forum quite a lot recently and find great comfort and also sadness, in reading other people's experiences and thoughts.
I should just like to share how fortunate ( or unfortunate), I am to have two close friends with PD. In fact one used to be my next door neighbour! We have different symptoms and are on different medications, but we can relate to each other's circumstances.
We meet regularly and exchange notes and feelings, which helps a lot. We have interesting days out and enjoy lunching together. We are in our 60's, but very young at heart and quite spirited!
Two of us entered the Mervyn Peak Award competition in 2014 and were lucky enough to get our entries into the finals. We travelled down to London from Yorkshire, to attend the luncheon and award ceremony. It was fascinating to witness the positive and creative abilities of people with PD.
I honestly think that without these two friends, I would not be able to stay so positive myself and determined to enjoy life. So I would urge anyone recently diagnosed with PD, who feels totally 'lost!, to find out if anyone else nearby, has the disease and meet up with them. There is usually a local PD group you can attend, or your doctor might suggest a way of meeting someone. It really does help to have friends in a similar position!