Had I been given the choice, I never would have chosen to have Parkinson’s at the age of 46. However, I wasn’t given any choice. The diagnosis was thrust on me when I was busy getting on with life: working, married with three sons and juggling a multitude of things, as many of us working mums do.
Diagnosed nearly five years ago, I have learned that living with a progressive, degenerative, neurological condition not only brings physical challenges, it brings emotional and psychological challenges too. Indeed, it brings challenges in almost every aspect of life. Parkinson’s has become an inextricable part of my life as it continues to weave its way into my every day being. There is no way to separate the two. Undoubtedly living with Parkinson’s is hard, it changes everything but it would be unfair of me to suggest that in my experience, all of the consequences of living with Parkinson’s have been negative. I have had many positive experiences as a result of trying to live life to the full whilst coping with the challenges that Parkinson’s throws my way.
This blog is my perspective on the challenges I face and how I deal with them. Many of the challenges are out of my control, hurdles to be overcome. A number of the challenges, however, are entirely self inflicted and have have proved to be a fantastic coping mechanism. Having completing a number of physical challenges since being diagnosed, this year, I have committed to take on a physical challenge that will push me to my limit: physically, psychologically and no doubt, emotionally. It is this challenge that will become the main focus of this blog over the next few months.
I hope this blog promotes an understanding and provides an easy opening to a conversation about the trials, tribulations and the occasional triumphs of living with Parkinson’s.
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