Parkinson's disease

Joe - Interview 32

Age at interview: 64
Age at diagnosis: 43

Brief outline: Joe developed Parkinson's disease while in his 40's. Deep Brain Stimulation when he was 60 produced a dramatic improvement in his symptoms.

Background: Civil partnership.

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Joe developed Parkinsons disease 20 years ago when he was 43. For some years he could continue working as an actor, but when his symptoms became so severe that he couldn’t even continue with radio work, and he began to feel that life was not worth living, he opted for the operation known as Deep Brain Stimulation. Immediately after his operation he noticed a marked improvement in his symptoms. Five years later he is still much better than before the operation. He still has to take some anti PD medication and has some difficulty with his speech and some athetoid movements when he is tired.


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