Hi! I'm 23 and recently have been diagnosed with Parkinson's. I'm working on finishing up my bachelors in college. I still live at home with my parents and sister, which can be helpful, but difficult as well because they know somethings wrong, but do not know that recently I was diagnosed. I tried telling them when my neuro had mentioned I could have it, but they freaked out which caused me to get nervous and anxious over it as well. I don't know much about PD or how to deal with it, but right now I have been trying not to think about it, which was fine until I tried being a normal 23 year old with my friends, but then fell and hurt my knee causing more pain. My parents don't understand why I have so much pain right now and can't walk normally, I sort of want to tell them, but don't know how. Any ideas? Also has anyone else had to complete school and look for a job? I'm super excited to begin either grad school or look for a teaching job, but don't know how to explain the physical disabilities I have besides telling the diagnosis which I'm not comfortable with at this time. I am incredibly thankful for actually receiving a diagnosis and for the use of sinemet since I was put on crutches for over a year and nobody could explain why I couldn't walk until the sinemet.
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