Hello world!

Welcome to my blog.  Last November I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.  Basically that means I have less dopamine working than I need to have! What is dopamine – a chemical that is released in the brain which  acts as a neurotransmitter.

So how does it affect me – visibly I have a tremor in my left hand (sometime affecting further up my arm). I have lost some of the strength in this area – thereby finding it difficult to graps things that need any a reasonable amount of force.  Even holding an umbrella up for a short time can be quite a feat, as I found out the other day!

Quite often this disease affects one side of the body first and can graduate to the other. My left leg is weaker than the right (or it could be the opposite way around!). It has been for sometime and my poor right leg has to trouble with anything that puts pressure on it – such as going up stairs. There are good days and not so good ones – when it says “enough”!!!

But it is the non-visible symptoms that affect me the most at the moment. On the bad days it is a real battle, then there are those when I am detemined to not to let it take control of my life.

I have found talking about being newly diagnosed is theraputic. I have always enjoyed writing – good way of exercising the brain! Maybe you would like to view my blogs for Huffington Post.