My name is Colin and after being retired for eight years I was diagnosed with PD 12 months ago, I was initially diagnosed with Essential Tremor as I hadn't got some symptoms that people with Parkinson's usually suffer from, but the tremors and other symptoms got that bad I decided to go and see a Neurologist privately and he diagnosed Parkinson's on the first visit. I take Madapar and Pramipexole and my symptoms have improved a lot. One of my main problems is not sleeping I don't know if that's the illness or the medication, I can have tablets to make me sleep but I am trying to avoid this as they can be addictive. This illness is certainly a life changer as in the past I have judged dogs at Shows all over Britain and Northern Ireland which requires hands on and shaking hands would make the dogs nervous. We also used to do a lot of walking with our dogs which I can't do now so my wife has to walk the three of them and as I have been advised not to drive by the Neurologist she also has had to take over the driving which has certainly been an experience (only joking in case she reads this).