When I was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s, I never in my wildest dreams thought I would end up writing a blog…
I am a 62-year-old English granny who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s about eight years ago, and for most of those eight years I have tried to convince myself that it’s either all a terrible mistake or that I haven’t got it at all. Then, on the other hand, I have spent my time living for today and thinking to hell with tomorrow.
However, after recently suffering from some extremely stressful situations, I have been trying to take my head out of the sand and try to come to terms with this strange disease. My daughter had been staying and I mentioned that I had thought about doing a blog – my head was, and is, buzzing with so many things that I want to sort out and I hope by doing this I can help others and they can help me. As she is the go-getter in the family, it was only a matter of minutes before I was all ready to go and there was no going back!
So in an instant, “My Mate Parky” was born – I didn’t have to think about him, I realised that he had been waiting in the wings ready for me to come to terms with his existence.
Why a he? Well I expect, as a female, there are so many times I have found men’s logic annoying. So, because the things “my mate” does to me are extra annoying – he just had to be a he.
So, now my musings are online I have found that I have had lots of positive feedback and the writings have helped me try to understand difficult issues, as well as helping my family and friends to understand what I am going through.
I really hope it will also help fellow sufferers who are struggling to come to terms with this disease, and perhaps help them lift their heads out of the sand and face Parkinson’s head on – as Michael J Fox has recently said, he feels he is a better person since being diagnosed. I believe that by thinking positively about the disease and its effects it can only help us, rather than dwelling on the negative.
Please visit my blog and PLEASE let me have your feedback – no-one should suffer this disease alone.
You can read Carol’s blog at www.mymateparky.blogspot.com