Thanks for your quick reply. In hindsight, I felt that I came to terms with my diagnosis in less than 6 months, but it did not seem to shatter me as it has others that I know.
For the first few months I mourned the lack of longevity (having parents who lived past 90). I also tended to mourn things I thought I couldn’t do any more, such as fine motor work on my stamp exhibit. Lately it was the loss of my karaoke voice. But I seem to have been able to move on from each of these losses and find ways to do them anyway.
I have written about my diagnosis and some thoughts in hindsight on the PD pages on my website. See
- first finding out I had it and medical follow-up
- visit to neurologist and formal diagnosis
- possible turning point in dealing with it
- other thoughts about coping with my diagnosis
Everyone here will have a different story to tell about their diagnosis. One lady in our support group has had PD since 1984 and she is still angry about it! She said what helped her the most after diagnosis was her husband (now passed away 15 years ago).