Sunday Herald Sun - Body and Soul - - MY STORY -

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.

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