A SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM
The initial diagnosis of Parkinson's, is a major shock to their system. It is hard to take on and accept. Many simply cannot take it on board. They ignore it. Pretend it isn't happening.
In the early days and months they avoid contact with others similarly diagnosed. They don't want to see or know how it might be in the future. Unfortunately in line with this, they fail to get the vital advice and knowledge they need, which is now available on this website. Right from the outset they need to know how to combat and defeat the effects of Parkinson's. As of now there is no cure, but it will come. Thus it is of paramount importance to take and follow all the critical actions on this site.
Gradually for all those diagnosed there comes a slow acceptance of their condition and a realisation they have to face a new challenge, which may well be lifetime long. It changes their lives and that of those around them, most particularly their partner. Partners also have to adapt and change to meet the challenges ahead.
THE SHOCK OF THE NEW
Being first told you have Parkinson's is a terrible shock. It takes time to absorb. It may feel as though your whole world has collapsed, your future uncertain and irrevocably altered. However your world and quality of life can still be excellent for a prolonged period of time.
What matters most is one thing and one thing only. YOUR ATTITUDE
Whilst you can't choose to change what is, you CAN choose your attitude. You can choose it every hour of every day.
It is critically important you choose a positive attitude to your life and future. This can make a huge difference, to managing and controlling Parkinson's and to enjoying and full and happy life.
WHAT DIFFERENCE WILL IT REALLY MAKE?
Experience has shown that Positive Attitudes help keep you active, flexible, rhythmic, balanced, with fewer symptoms and they help maintain lower medication levels for longer.
Being realistic Parkinson's is progressive, but its progress can be controlled and slowed by your attitudes and actions.
Unfortunately many of those diagnosed have not always been given this valuable advice and have spiralled downwards. It is harder to get out of this once in it, therefore start off as you mean to go on, enjoying the best possible quality of life you can. And you can for a long long time, with the right attitudes and activities.
WHAT KIND OF ATTITUDES WORK BEST ?
Cheerful, Happy, Positive, Determined, Fun, Tenacious, Can-do, Have a go, Joy, Light hearted, Enthusiastic, Inspirational, Energetic, Active.
Of course you cannot always feel like that inside and you have to acknowledge your feelings of upset, anger, frustration, grief, which of course occur in everyone. from time to time. However for you to master Parkinson's and control 'it' rather than 'it' controlling you, try and choose positive attitudes all the time.
When you wake up say to yourself, "What positive attitude shall I have today?" Be self monitoring, be responsible for your own well being and ensuring you do everything to ensure the highest possible quality of life for you and those nearest and dearest.
WHAT ACTIONS SHOULD I TAKE NOW ?
Talk to your family and immediate friends. Don't make it a secret. Be positive in doing so.
Continue your life as it is, particularly any regular exercise and activities. If you don't do enough exercise, start now, it is critically important. Those who adopt a positive lifestyle find they can continue regular activites such as walking, tennis, table tennis and so on for many years to come. 'Use it or Lose it' really applies here. Make sure you continue as you have done.
"I can still play tennis more than ten years after being diagnosed. Admittedly I am not as good as I once was but my partners are very understanding. It is a tremendous confidence boost to know I can still play and I really enjoy it and have fun." Jo diagnosed with Parkinson's 10 years ago
ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES CAN HELP
Medication given by your Parkinson's specialist is critical to your well being.
However this is only a part of the answer to staying as well as possible. There are many alternative therapies which can help with different aspects of the symptoms.
Some known to be particularly helpful are Tai Chi, Dancing of any kind, as this helps with rhythm, movement and balance, The Alexander Technique to help with posture, Aquafit or any other exercise classes, Yoga, Autogenic therapy which helps with anxiety, Singing as this helps maintain the voice. There are dozens of others which may help in some way. Certainly using these kind of therapies can continue to help you in positive ways. The very act of doing something as opposed to doing nothing is in itself life affirming.