How did I feel saying I had Parkinson`s..............RELIEVED !
My daily routine begins with an hours walk on nearby playing fields with my two dogs.
I sometimes stop and watch the local junior football teams play football - there are some really talented youngsters amongst them.
Recently I stopped to watch a game between two young girls teams.
My tremor in my right hand is particularly bad when I stand still, so I try to hide it by burying my hand deep in my coat pocket.
On this occasion my actions appeared to have been observed by some of the watching crowd and I was approached by an angry mob of horrified and disgusted parents who were hell-bent on giving a good kicking to whom they thought was a dirty old pervert.
I only realised the consequences of this when one of the approaching mob pointed at my right hand pocket.
The realisation of this sent my tremor into overdrive, which didn`t help matters at all.
Fortunately, before I was beaten senseless I was able to explain that I had Parkinson`s and that my actions were completely innocent.
This wasn`t the first time I told someone I had Parkinson`s but it was definitely the most dramatic.
Before anyone asks, yes I still take my dogs on the playing fields but I now watch the footy from a healthy distance.