Hywel, having a positive outlook on life and to be able to poke fun at yourself is the way to go. I have done this since diagnosis six and a half years ago. To make people laugh with you helps to break the stigma attached to Parkinsons, for them to see that there is no reason for them to cast you aside and not be your friend anymore as I have read in a lot of instances on here recently, goes to show that those people weren’t worth bothering with in the first place. I am fortunate that my friends have been supportive as have the Members at my Bowls Club. They are aware of my condition and I haven’t seen any of them shy away. One friend who we have known for many years revealed to us that he had been diagnosed with Parkinsons and was pleasantly surprised to learn that I also had the condition. So, much discussion ensued and this has given him the confidence to take the disease head on and persue the career that he loves and is very successful at it and is also a regular Fund Raiser for the Charity.