Surviving the trials and tribulations of life...diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson's Disease.
Being diagnosed at 52 with Young Onset Parkinson's Disease (YOPD) was a game changer. In December 29, 2018, I had just been diagnosed with Parkinson's. Upon walking out the door, the doctor handed me a pamphlet and a “see you in four months." We were devastated and had no idea what to do next.
I now know that a little bit of empathy would have gone a long way. If not for my husband, Lee; my boxing group's leader, Denise (pdboxing.org); and, my mentor Sara, who I met during a boxing class, I would NOT have gotten as far as I have.
After a rough start, including taking too much Dopamine, a doctor switch and a lot of anxiety attacks later, I started boxing, riding horses, cooking, gardening and decorating my home. The funny part is that I never had an interest in any of these things prior to the diagnosis (except my love for horses).
I dedicate this blog to those of you who have experienced a diagnosis that lacked empathy, dignity and respect. Know there is hope. Know that people care. Know that loving & living with the disease is possible.