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Hello, I'm Patrick.
I have Parkinson’s.
I was diagnosed in September 2020, but I know I had had it for some time, only the doctors thought otherwise. But that’s fine, they are all overworked and underpaid. No more politics.
The first piece I wrote, which you can find here, really inspired me to do more. I had no idea that so many people have it and how many are being diagnosed every day.
So far I haven’t made much progress with support groups but I did put the word out to my local community. It was highly un-targeted but I thought there might be one or two interested. In the end one was and we shared a coffee and talked about Parkinson’s and we laughed a bit too.
My objective with this blog is to encourage conversation, learn about the disease and living with it, and laughing at it. I mean there is quite a lot to laugh at, like sitting on the bus dying to pee. I can just about make it back from Waterloo.
I certainly don’t want to diminish the struggles we all go through, but for me laughter and smiles are pretty much the best way to dispel any negative vibes and face life positively.
I very much look forward to your stories, comments, feedback or a simple thumbs up.
Parkinson's disease is a condition that affects the brain. It causes problems like shaking and stiffness that get worse over time.
The main symptoms of Parkinson's disease are shaking (tremors), slow movements, stiffness, balance impairment, loss of sense of smell, insomnia, constipation, dizziness, depression and anxiety, apathy and a masked expression on the face.
Treatments for Parkinson's disease include therapies to help with movement problems, medicines and sometimes brain surgery.
Parkinson's disease is caused by a loss of nerve cells in part of the brain. It’s not clear exactly why this happens.
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