Hi - a quick intro from me then there is something I really need to share with you....
My husband was diagnosed with Parkinson's 12 years ago at the age of 31. We have two girls aged 7 and 10. I'm one of the facilitators for the Parkinson's UK Self-Management Programme - a path through Parkinson's.
This week I started a new Self-Management group, what an amazing bunch, people from all walks of life in one room, people with Parkinson's and their carers and partners. In the very first session people have opened up, really begun to talk about what matters and are starting to bravely look ahead. Already I can see the group starting to support and encourage each other. Many of the participants commented at the end that its such a relief to talk to people who understand.
There are still places left in groups yet to start around the country starting over the next couple of weeks, to find out more go to http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/content/self-management-programme-path-through-parkinsons You may be newly diagnosed or living with Parkinson's for some time, I really urge you to find out more and tell others that you know who are affected by Parkinson's. There are also 3 groups just for carers www.parkinsons.org.uk/carerspath
So yes this is a shameless advert, but I can't bare to think of empty places in these groups, it would be such a wasted opportunity.