Today I am answering a question that a few people have written asking me: “How do I tell my family I've been diagnosed with Parkinson’s?”
Sorry, but there is no simple, easy painless way of telling one’s family and friends that you’ve been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, or any disease for that matter. Family relationships are so individual and personal; reactions can be that of complete devastation, others whilst shocked to hear the news immediately show concerned support. In my particular case, we happened to be hosting a family get together at our house, where everyone clearly saw I was shaking; unable to pour the tea, it was a very visual picture, preparing the way for me telling them I had just been diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s is not something you can hide, nor should it be tucked away like a dark family secret. Being honest and upfront with your family and close friends, although hard to break the news, is ultimately the only way to go. Sadly there will always be those who cannot handle this new information and might curiously disappear from your life, but the people who really count, will rally around and the more informed they are about your condition, makes it easier for them to understand what you are going through.