I have just returned from my Mothers,she lives a couple of hundred yds away in the home I was brought up in Mam and Dad moved into a brand new home built by the local authority 63yrs ago , they were previously in a colliery terrace with no indoor toilet no running water no electric but very efficent air conditioning winter and summer otherwise known as draughts, I was born there , the only help she had on that day was a neighbour and the only midwife within 25mls who luckily was visiting someone else in the street at the time 63 yrs later here I am, not running 100% fit but still going. While talking to Mam I asked if anyone else in the family had PD and it turns out that my Grandad and three uncles had medium to severe tremor along with an Aunt who used to freeze for long periods, mother thankfully escaped and apart from aches and pains is going strong at 95 she is as tough as old boots and still drives although I wish she wouldnt she just wont give up that independance . My Dad passed away after a long illness almost two years ago and is sadly missed and while we were chatting I was reminded that it was Mam who was the boss the Matriach in our family ,it was always Mam who made the important decisions and kept us in line I have a older brother and sister , unfortunately sis is showing all the symptoms of PD but wont talk about it I think what she has witnessed with her younger brother fills her with dread and she just wont go there.
So here I am 63 a wife two daughters five grandchildren , and I wonder what lies ahead for them If I had known 40 yrs ago the threat of PD was looming would I have brought my children into the world with the possibility they might inherit this horrible disease, they do have all the symptoms of Nail Patella Syndrome which I have ,I also have PD Prostrate Cancer severe Tinnitus plus assorted aches and pains collected in the Hostile enviorment of the heavy construction industry ,would I do it all again Yes of course I would for despite the horrors endured my family are the most precious thing for which I would not exchange for the whole world, my Mams very words as I set off down the street ,and she knows the true value of family.
Kindest Regards Fedex