We come from many different countries with varying degrees of education, widely divergent ideas about doctors and pharmaceuticals, different philosophical approaches regarding our fate as PwP and/or caregivers, but we do have some things in common.
1. None of us wanted to be part of this group.
2. Many of us believe that our symptoms are exacerbated by stress and anxiety.
3. All of us (I think) have similar goals: To learn about ways to have more productive and enjoyable lives despite our diagnosis and to learn about better ways to reduce our symptoms and/or to possibly slow or some day stop the progression of PD.
4. All of us (I hope) prefer to be addressed with kindness, patience, and respect.
Maybe it has always been this way and I am just getting softer as I age and deal with this disease, but I sense an uptick in snide, condescending, and just plain rude bickering among us.
As the New Year begins, my simple request of each of you is to be nice. None of us has all the answers or there would be no need for this forum. Let's cut each other some slack. Let's support and encourage each other and not pounce on every perceived misstatement or mistake. There's a way to disagree without being disagreeable. Having PD is bad enough. This should not be a place for sufferers and their caregivers to be mocked and ridiculed.