I have been thinking back to the days when I was me and trying to figure out how long this thing called Parkinsons has been lurking in the shadows waiting to strike. I suspect quite a time before I was diagnosed which was about 5 years ago.
I wonder whether the unexpected shock of my daughter's marriage break up, followed shortly after by discovering she was expecting her first and only child could have triggered this. Her husband fitted into our family since the first day we met him and had become an important member - like a second son. The day he left all our lives changed for ever and life became a constant battle trying to help our daughter. I was with her when my grandaughter was born when she almost lost her life and the baby ended up in special care. Thankfully, they both lived to tell the tale.
This was almost 9 years ago and our daughter is still on her own, so our support is still essential and constant. I have started to wonder whether this occurrence could have triggered the onset of my Parkinsons, which must have been waiting for an opportunity to strike.
I believe we all carry a cancer gene, which lies dormant in most people. Could the same apply to Parkinsons, I wonder?