I’m just passed 60 and was diagnosed about three weeks before my birthday. I’d been having problems with dexterity in my right arm and had developed a limp that I couldn’t explain.
When the neurologist told me it was Parkinson’s it was actually a relief. My father died at 65 of Motor Neurone Disease and I’d been dreading that. As a friend put it it’s long term serious rather than short term terminal.
I’ve had lots of messages of support from long time not seen friends and the church I belong to in Reading have been fantastic.
I guess it’s early days yet. Biggest downside so far is that I had been looking forwards to a retirement of easy chairs and loafing about - instead of which I’m having to exercise! The upside is though that if I fall asleep in my easy chair I don’t feel guilty about it anymore.