i am a 53 year-old male and was officially diagnosed as having PD on the 11th of june 2013, several months prior to this and although the symptoms were quite obvious the dwp ruled that i was fit for work. how-ever, i appealed and on the 12th of june 2013 the tribunal ruled in my favour and my disability payments were returned (with arrears), i now also receive p.i.p.
on a daily basis i have an on-going battle with nausea due to the medication, which is madapar and though i've been told it should have settled down by now, it hasn't and i'm rarely able to stay up later than 6pm before the need to go to bed takes over. i try to be positive and take each day as it comes.
my eldest brother also has PD, i don't recall as a child hearing any talk about PD or any other serious illnesses being in the family. having said that things like this were never spoken about in front of the children and if they were it was in very hushed tones.