Hi everyone, just wanted to introduce myself as a newbie! I'm Simon, 43 years old living in sunny Cumbria. Married to Teresa and father to two beautiful girls aged 5 and 6.
I just received my Dx last week, having finally bitten the bullet and mentioned my symptoms to my GP in January. Feels as if it's taken an awfully long time!
I've been ignoring/denying/hiding my symptoms for probably at least two years, finding a range of excuses... injuries, stress, exhaustion etc. Does that sound strange?
Until earlier this year, when my symptoms made it impossible to continue, I worked as emergency ambulance crew. I've had patients at all stages of PD, and knew it was the most likely explanation for my symptoms, which is perhaps why I was in denial for so long. I now manage a private emergency response service for vulnerable adults (which at least means no more shiftwork!).
Just started on Ropinorole, low dose, little effect so far but also no side effects.
Mood-wise, I kind of fluctuate between being philosophical about my Dx (I know there are worse illnesses than PD) and being incredibly frustrated and worried for the future and for my family. Mostly I'm somewhere in the middle, but it's been a tough few months for my wife and I. We've both shed more than a few tears, but thankfully it's impossible to be down for too long with our little girls around, they're little rays of sunshine.
I still consider myself lucky... I've a wonderful, supportive family, and I've achieved a lot in my 43 years so far... I've served in the Army, travelled a bit, climbed mountains, saved lives and helped a lot of people. I don't intend to let PD keep me from achieving a lot more... it'll just take a bit more planning now :-)