PD is often invisible to those who don't know about it, I've often heard people say PD is 'not as bad' as having dementia. (Based on what? why compare?)
Family members have told me that my Mum 'wasn't that bad' as they know others with PD who have different more obvious symptoms. I try to explain that rigidity and freezing and very compromised swallow and not being able to walk and thinking difficulties and the range of other symptoms Mum had, are all things that if you only infrequently visit for a short time - and she is sitting in her chair the whole time - you don't see. Mostly my words fell on deaf ears.....
You should NEVER be ashamed of having something you have no control of getting; you can do nothing to cure yourself of; and the treatment of symptoms is so difficult and constantly needing reviewing.
In a letter to my MP about the prescription charges increase I asked why PD is not on the list of exemptions. Some conditions that are exempt develop as a result of life style choices and get worse if the person does not make changes. I wrote about the 'unfairness of including those conditions in the exempt from prescription charges list.
Those are the people who should be 'ashamed' about their condition.....as they could have prevented it and certainly stopped it from progressing by changing their diet and excercise levels.
PD just arrives, progresses and does it's thing.....PwP respond to their diagnosis by meeting it head on - taking the meds to keep it at bay - deal with the side effects - and coping the best they can. The stories on this Forum are so inspiring.
BB - the answer to your question is "No!"