Have you ever been asked "And how does that make you feel?" This annoying question often posed by psychologists trying to ascertain what their patient thinks about a particular topic, can really rub one up the wrong way. How would anyone feel being diagnosed with Parkinson's at a young age? Angry, devastated, sad, horrified, disbelief? The list is too long, but not hard to guess. If someone were to answer otherwise, I think there would be something seriously amiss. So in hindsight maybe the question isn't so futile.
However I have to give credit where credit is due, and understandably a concerned doctor sent me to a psychologist for he was worried I was either in denial or didn't fully comprehend the seriousness of my situation. Being an unusual case, suffering two chronic diseases, doctors have found it difficult to understand how I keep so positive and cheerful. Complying with his request, I dutifully went along to see a psychologist. Entering his office with my usual smiling face, I was met with a very worried expression. After explaining in great detail about Gaucher and Parkinson's, the psychologist knew I understood completely and wasn't in denial. He wrote in his file that I have an "unusually healthy mental attitude".
I was reminded of this story by a fellow "Parkie" who read my article recently in The Huffington Post: "These Shoes Were Made For Walking", and like myself, loves shoes! Who needs expensive therapy, when you can go out and buy pretty shoes?