I know, it is not Thanksgiving Day yet! But I have to share this story. Ok, so I forego going to church yesterday so that I can get up early to do my Thanksgiving dinner shopping. Well , I don't really go to church much, but it sounds good, right? I always have to bundle up when I go to almost any grocery store because once you hit the dairy, meat, frozen foods, or produce department, you start freezing! And when that happens to me, my tremors kick in, and I immediately start shaking. (Yes, I do take my sinemet before venturing out in public), Anyway, as I head to the checkout, another shopper taps me on the shoulder and says to me, "honey, you are so tiny, if you gained some weight, you wouldn't be shaking like a leaf!!" Of course, my first instinct was to tell her she needed to go on a diet, but the nice person in me looked at her sweetly, and said "I have Parkinson's disease, and besides that, it is cold in here!" And she said, "Oh lordy, you should be home if you are sick, because the rest of us don't need your germs!" And again, a million evil responses passed through my skinny little head, but I looked at her and responded, "I am just thankful that I am able to get out, and don't you worry Parkinson's is not contagious!"
My point in sharing this story is that education is important, and we need to stand together in educating those around us, including family and friends. No one understands PD like we do, but I believe we need to let those we love and those we don't even know that PD is tough, but we are tougher!