It affects so many but it is also a cruel disease.
Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is unique to each individual as it is a disease of the brain. Yet there are aspects of the disease that affect most and especially the people who are close to the PD sufferer.
From the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke comes a small extract:
Following Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second-most common neurodegenerative disorder in the United States. Most people diagnosed with PD are age 60 years or older, however, an estimated 5 to 10 percent of people with PD are diagnosed before the age of 50. Approximately 500,000 Americans are diagnosed with PD, but given that many individuals go undiagnosed or are misdiagnosed the actual number is likely much higher. Some experts estimate that as many as 1 million Americans have PD. Of course, given the progressive nature of the disabilities associated with PD, the disease affects thousands more wives, husbands, children, and other caregivers.NINDS website
Jean was diagnosed in December, 2015 at the same time as my best friend in England, Richard Maugham.
More than 10 million people worldwide are living with PD!
Here is a video put out by Parkinson’s UK that is introduced as follows:
In this honest and often funny live talk Colin describes his experience with Parkinson’s and his hopes for the future.
So a wish on behalf of those countless other people: May there be a cure soon!