its very true that a strength in character helps us all through our daily struggles. We PWP are all in the same boat although have different ideas and or expectations.
i have very bad days, but I also have very good days. My choice when diagnosed was to not rush into any medication without being completely comfortable with what I was putting into my body. I took one selegeline daily which is thought to be neuro protective and seemed wise to do so after suggested by my neuro. after 18 months, I was struggling with foot drag on my parky side and it had began to affect my walking. My neuro suggested sinemet plus. I built up to 4 a day very gently and gradually. They improved things significantly for me. I have an emergency supply of dispersal madopar which I rarely take.....maybe 2 a month, sometimes not even that. I think we have to be careful advising people to 'take the drugs' straight away, delaying is not detrimental, in fact, I think the opposite.
my advice to anyone newly diagnosed is to do you're research, if you do take any parkinsons medication, build them up slowly and gently. Ask family and friends to be honest about and differences in your personality or behaviours. If you're neuro or nurse wishes to add to you're medication, ask what benefit they will be to you.
You're body is you're own responsibility and I believe we should all respect what we put into them.
i am 54 been 4 years diagnosed.