Parkinson’s disease is a pain.

That’s what Parkinson’s disease is.

Parkinson’s disease is bloody irritating.

But being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease isn’t the end of the world.

Being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease isn’t a death sentence.

And being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease certainly isn’t an excuse to feel sorry for yourself and push forks into your legs.

Here are some rather bald facts about Parkinson’s disease:

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological condition.

One person in every 500 has Parkinson’s disease. That’s about 120,000 people in the UK with Parkinson’s disease.

The right to be diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease isn’t the preserve of elderly people.  Even handsome, witty and modest youngsters get it too!! Young onset Parkinson’s disease can strike at any age.  One in 20 is under the age of 40.

Now the hard bit. Sitting down? People with Parkinson’s disease are deficient!  They are incomplete!  I know, its a shocker.  You are not all there.  You are missing a full tank of a chemical called dopamine.  The sad news is some nerve cells in their brain have died leading to the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

How did they die?  No-one knows. But they are dead. Move on.

Without dopamine people can find that their movements become slower so it takes longer to do things. Except entertain children.  Spilling water, peas flying across the table.  All highly entertaining for youngsters.

The cure for Parkinson’s disease is the dream.  Not quite there yet but its on the radar.

Parkinson’s disease doesn’t cause people to die.  I have inadvertently caused a guinea pig a bit of grief when it was sitting on my shaky arm but no death.

Everyone with Parkinson’s disease has different symptoms. We are all different. Don’t draw conclusions from looking at others.  If every baby who saw someone with ginger hair assumed they were going to get ginger hair we would be a nation of manically depressed babies.  They don’t make this assumption so neither should you.