Never done this before!!
The emptiness of the space below is a bit daunting but here goes!
I was diagnosed in March 2013, the only good thing the neuro consultant said was to point my wife & I to this site!
My wife spoke to the person on the helpline & found it a great help. I joined Parkinson UK and found the Bristol Branch. (We live in a suburb of Bristol)
I really believe that now is a good time to have PD!! This sounds daft I know but it's true! The Bristol group is very active, our social life has changed big time, and the scale & buzz of this sit is instructive & impressive.
We (me & SWMBO!) have just completed a six week "Path through Parkinson's" programme & we both found it very very helpful. I was really happy to be with a number of people who all had, or cared for someone who had PD, the relief of not having to start by explaining what PD is etc etc before you start was huge!!
Anyway we were helped by two moderators one local male and a lady from Derby who were really good. The atmosphere was respectful & broadly positive. (I say "broadly" because I don't want to give the impression that we were like a group of kids at Sunday School!)
Will add more later.