Hi Jackson and welcome....I have just spent the last half hour replying to you but once again the post disappeared into who knows where???? so i will try again but this time a condensed version!!
Like you i have experienced being treated differently once my diagnosis became public so to speak. I used to attend a weekly dance class and although one or two people there had an idea that i could have Parky, once the rest found out i was followed to the loo by one lady as i had taken a little longer than usual!!! that had not happened before. Also my Husband was often being asked in whispered tones "How is she today" .....well i can tell you i am not deaf!! Another woman has a Brother with PD and suddenly i was being invited to her house to meet her Brother so we could have a little chat about "OUR" illness!!! WHY??? Would i have been invited round to chat about our arthritis or corns??? I doubt it. It became so intolerable that we left the club altogether, i was sick to the back teeth of being treated differently. We have many other friends who have their own ailments (who doesn't)? but they are people with feelings ...like you and i, and get on with their lives, enjoy themselves, and do not lump us under any heading that needs sympathy. We are the same people folks, not deaf, stupid, and if you don't like to be offended then treat me as you always did before you knew about this Parky business.
Years ago i was hit by a taxi abroad and sustained 3 fractures to my Pelvis and consequently spent some time in a wheelchair........yep you guessed it.....whoever was pushing me would always be asked "how is she today"???? like i said i am not deaf, daft or abnormal......so do not treat me as though i am.
I would just tell them that you might stick a label around your neck saying before you ask " yes i am great today thanks" that should sort it ......what do you reckon????
Keeeeeeeeeeeeep smiling Jackson
Best wishes to you
luv Dolly x