Every person with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease has their own personal journey. The initial diagnosis may bring many emotions, from shock to relief. Shock that there really is something wrong when maybe symptoms were ignored or minimized, and relief in finally having an explanation for the issues experienced. While there is no cure yet, current treatments, albeit not perfect, are generally effective and safe. Recent research efforts are advancing our understanding of the disease and many new therapies are making their way to the patients’ bedside, giving rise to much optimism in the field. By educating yourself about Parkinson’s and taking action to be as healthy as possible, you can regain control over your life. This page can help you prepare for what lies ahead.
people in the world are currently living with Parkinson’s disease
a person is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in the US alone
first use of Levodopa in humans
Richard, 54 years oldRead more
Each person responds differently to treatment, and some things might help one person but not another. I've found that a vegetarian diet, combined with moderate exercise and acupuncture, really makes a difference for me. Every person living with Parkinson's should make an effort to find what works best for them.
Julia, 66 years oldRead more
Sometimes when someone gets sick they find that many people around them disappear. For me it was the opposite: so many doors opened up. I want people to know that there is such a thing as living with Parkinson’s. There is light in all this darkness and sometimes you need to help people find it.
Adam, 57 years oldRead more
I always considered myself a hard-working person. I spent my life working hard, providing for my family, traveling for business. I've always imagined what it would be like not to work as hard, to have more time for my family. With Parkinson's I am forced to take it easy and work less, so I now find myself spending much more time with my children.
Albert, 46 years oldRead more
Someone once told me, “with Parkinson’s, it’s a black-and-white choice. You either fight it with everything you’ve got, or you give up. There’s no gray area.” I made my decision early on: I’m going to fight this. I just got myself into a mindset where I know I have to – for the sake of my family.
Sarah, 70 years old, wife Read more
I can’t say I don’t resent my husband’s disease. You spend your life planning your retirement, and the universe seems to have a plan of its own. My husband is still the same person, everything is still the same – only slower. As a wife, it’s hard to watch him decline. But I take comfort in remembering who he was.