This is hard to reply to, but I will give it my best shot.
I’ve been reading other PD forums today and there appears to be a lot of people who, to me, appear to be in denial about their condition. Some have said they haven’t even told close friends and relatives they have been diagnosed. Yet here they are pouring out all their problems to people they don’t even know. I know this forum is for likeminded, or diagnosed, people and we are here to help one another. But who is more important? Your family or some nameless/faceless person in virtual space!
Quite a number of years ago I read a book called, “Feel the Fear, But Do it Anyway”. One thing I took from this book was, what’s the worst thing that can happen if I don’t face my fear? What is the worst thing that can happen when you tell friends and relatives you have Parkinson’s? A feeling of sympathy, empathy? What would the reaction be if you left it for a month, or a year to tell people? I can’t speak for others, but my family would want to know what I was ashamed of.
Some people say they try to hide their symptoms, tremors, slow speech or difficulty walking. They want to appear normal. What is normal these days? Do the visually, hearing or speech impaired hide their disabilities?
The way I look at this condition I have is to grab it by the scruff of the neck and just get on with life. Do what I like because I like what I do.
Sorry if I have upset anyone, or if you don’t agree with my way at looking things. But hay-ho, that’s me.