My dad was diagnosed in November 2014 but we knew he was ill from December 2012. He collapsed at work and thought he'd just knocked himself out whilst grovelling around under his work bench. The doctor said it was a concussion although he had no bump, bruising or evidence of a bang on the head. Shortly after he started to have trouble walking so the GP sent him for a scan of his legs. The GP recommended physio to help his walking but it did no good. Then they did an MRI of his neck to see if the problem was there. Again, we knew this wasn't the problem but the GP ignored our information as he seemed to have made his mind up that as dad was 65 he was just old and things like this happen when you get old. By this time dad was becoming more depressed and just sat in his armchair. For a very active man who made working scale model steam engines this was tragic to see. I could see my dad disappearing each time I saw him. Eventually dad went private and the consultant said it was pretty clear that dad was displaying all the symptoms of PD. At last, someone agreed with us! After the diagnosis he was given medication which has helped enormously. He walks better but still needs the scooter I bought him to go further than the end of the street. He talks to us again and shows an interest in things instead of just staring at the TV. It's still a long haul but I wonder how he would be now if the GP had listened when we first went to him with our worries? Mum is struggling to cope and is angry all the time because dad has changed so much and I just want to cry sometimes because I can't change anything. I wish she would get some help to understand everything but she gets angry when I suggest it. I love my mum and dad but, apart from being there when they need me, there's nothing else I can do.
Sorry for for going on but I needed to tell my story to people who may understand what we've been going through.