A big hello to the amazing Partners and Carers
I'm a Volunteer Facilitator for A Path Through Parkinson's For Carers and Partners. New dates have now been announced for these groups. Please do have a look and see if there is a location near you http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/content/support-programme-path-through-parkinsons-carers
These groups are free to attend, they are a great opportunity to talk through the challenges and changes in your life that come about as a result of Parkinson's. The most important thing is being able to talk honestly with people that understand.
My Husband was diagnosed 12 years ago at the age of 31. I don't always call myself his carer, partner is a word that sits better with me. I've been facilitating this type of programme for a couple of years now and every time I learn something new and come to terms with how life is for us now. They give me a real boost and a fresh start at life.
There is no right or wrong time to attend one of these groups but I do hear a lot of reasons not to attend, "too busy" "I don't feel I need this kind of support" "I need someone to look after my partner" "I'm not ready to meet others in the same situation yet" "I'm working and can't get the time off". Whatever your situation if there is a group in your area this is an opportunity not to be missed and there are hopefully ways around some of these obstacles.
There are also groups that you can attend with your partner http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/content/self-management-programme-path-through-parkinsons
Give it a go!