Parkinson's disease

Wendy - Interview 07

Female
Age at interview: 62
Age at diagnosis: 57

Brief outline: Wendy was diagnosed in 2002. She has problems with balance and memory and a tremor in her right hand. Roprinirole controls her symptoms well.

Background: Married to a consultant physician. 3 children, retired piano teacher.

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About six years ago, Wendy noticed that her arms didn’t swing. After seeing her GP, she was referred to a neurologist who thought she might have Parkinson’s but he told her that the only way to know for sure would be to let time pass. She was terrified and she had very little support or information. As a result she felt depressed for about two months but then a good friend suggested she contact the Parkinson’s Disease Society, and gradually the more she read, the more she was convinced that she did have Parkinson’s Disease. Reading about how an American teacher managed with Parkinson’ Disease stopped her being afraid and helped her to cope.

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