When I look back over my life, which has been far from easy, it's hard to imagine that I've made it this far. Everyone has heard the phrase "The seven year itch", which is often used as a psychological term suggesting unhappiness in a relationship. A fitting term for I've lived with Parkinson's for seven years now and a bigger "itch" I have not come across. If only it were that easy to scratch long and hard enough to separate myself from Parkinson's. I've reached the point of being annoyed at living with Parkinson's, its debilitating symptoms that constantly get worse over time, the cocktail of medications I find myself taking each day and the loss of quality of life.
However, there is always the other side of the coin, and since being diagnosed seven years ago, Parkinson's has changed my life almost beyond recognition. I've experience and done things I would never have imagined or thought possible. Although I would love to say goodbye once and for all to Parkinson's, strangely living with this progressive disease, it has given me opportunities and allowed me the freedom I did not dare grant myself before. Its almost as if Parkinson's gives me the authority to let my hair down and not worry about what others may think. I don't have to put on the graces, I can simply be "me".Feeling comfortable with who I am, confident and willing to take on any new challenges that present themselves, opens up a whole new world. No one knows what tomorrow will bring or what lays in wait for us, and therefore living in the moment and making the most out of each day is my mantra.