What does this mean?
PD is movement disorder caused by the brain not producing (enough) dopamine. It is a progressive neurodegenerative disease for which there is no cure. Someday the symptoms will affect my right leg, them my left arm and leg. Other conditions will also affect my mobility. What’s next? I will be making friends with others who have YOPD. Learning from them about their experiences. Sharing my story with them too. I am not the kind of person to just stand on the sidelines watching. I am sure I will become involved with some local and regional support groups. I will be living every day like any other day pre-YOPD. Admittedly, some things I will be a little slow at. When telling a friend about this situation he said to me, with a look of disbelief on his face, “You like a good challenge. You like to be challenged. You’ll do alright”. I shall maintain a positive mental attitude. I have places to go, people to see and things to do. As with all illnesses there is always hope and advancements in medicine. We will be following the medical research world as they work towards a cure