While nosing around the blogosphere I came across a very nice PD blog in which the author stated that she did not like the word "parkie". She explained that the term demeaned her and reduced her to a diagnosis, whereas she is a real person who happens to have PD. I think she preferred PWP (person with parkinson's).
PWP is a good term, easy to type, offensive to no-one, and to the point. But I still like parkie as a noun and as an adjective) for in-group discussions, and among my friends and family. I think it is jaunty, slightly humorous term, not solemn, not fearful.
I also use the term "parked out" at home to describe that feeling when my symptoms, especially the invisible ones, are unusually strong.
Anybody have a feeling about "parkie" to refer to a PWP?