Parkinson's often affects more than the person- it affects the whole family. You may have worries and concerns about how your family will live and cope with Parkinson's. You may be a parent wondering how you will talk to your children about your diagnosis or a child observing changes in your parents as their disease progresses. You may have worries about your future, and how Parkinson's will affect your children's or spouses future. This community will give you the support and understanding that you are not alone and helpful advice for you and your family.
Parkinson's can also change families in positive ways. Many people tell stories of how Parkinson's has positively changed their behavior and priorities. Coming to terms with a chronic condition like Parkinson's causes some to review their own life priorities. You may find that your priorities shift with an emphasis on increasing the amount of quality time in one's life by focusing on family, important relationships, spirituality, creative pursuits and other personal interests.
Author: Monique Giroux, MD