Following on from all this I have hardly mentioned PD to anyone else around here. I have only actually told a few people - but word gets around doesn't it?
Anyway while walking my dog a few weeks ago I noticed another dog walker eyeing me strangely. We were on "Good morning " terms but that was all.
"I hope you don't think I'm being rude but...." he began and I quickly thought back as to what I could have done wrong recently - like you do.
"But some one told me you have PD."
I admitted was diagnosed last year.
"So have I. I was diagnosed 2 months ago"
And he was so relieved to talk to me, it was like opening the flood gates. He had been bombarded with tales of PD people in care homes, unable to get out and even advised to get a mobility scooter even though he can walk perfectly well enough!
With the result he seemed to be shutting himself down. Going out less, walking less out of plain anxiety, imposed on him by others. We had a little chat, I told him about parkinsons uk.
Over the next few weeks I noticed he was extending his dog walking route to it's previous length, standing straighter and often walking more briskly.
So all in all I am glad word did get around a bit and I was able to talk to him. And rather sad there are so many doom mongers about. We all know PD is not good news but that's no reason for people to go around scaring the living daylights out of folk.