or a couple of years before I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, I put my symptoms down to clumsiness. I’d struggle to find my sleeve when getting dressed or it would take me longer than everyone else to finish a meal because I found it hard to use a knife and fork.
“It was only when I went to get a mole removed and asked my doctor, as an aside, for a physio, that he suggested I see a neurologist.
“I wasn’t unduly worried, so after an MRI scan, I postponed the appointment until January 2006. I went on my own, not knowing my world would be completely altered by a neurologist who casually told me the physical dexterity tests he’d performed on me (as well as a positive reaction to a synthetic dopamine drug) indicated I had young-onset Parkinson’s disease. I was so shocked I couldn’t speak.