Newly diagnosed

Wisdom and advice for the newly diagnosed

Other pieces  of advice and wisdom:

  • Take your meds on time.
  • Cry when you need to.
  • Everyone’s journey is different.
  • Exercise.
  • It’s OK to ask for help!
  • Give yourself time to get your head around the diagnosis. Allow yourself time to grieve.
  • Don’t overthink having PD. Don’t dwell on it.
  • Keep a sense of humor. If you’ve never had one, it’s time to get one.
  • Try to stay away from stress. Stress makes PD symptoms worse. Eliminate what you can out of your life.
  • The more you stress, the worse the symptoms are.
  • Discipline yourself. Get what information you can on PD and then make a plan. Establish a routine on taking your meds on time. Keep a log/journal to take to your appointments.
  • Pray.
  • Exercise.
  • Stay away from Dr. Google.
  • Exercise your brain as well as your body. Word games. Number games. Play games with your grandchildren or your kids or friends.
  • Don’t let this be a death sentence.
  • Never, never, never, never, never give up.

And exercise.

Newly diagnosed advice from M.J. Fox Foundation

uest blogger Bev Ribaudo was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s at age 47, but her symptoms began in her late 30′s. Having always been an optimist, Bev decided to fight this disease using humor, sharing her observations at Parkinson’s Humor.

First, don’t panic. Go ahead and get mad, throw a fit, cry for a while, then get over it and get on with your life. It’s just Parkinson’s disease, it won’t kill you. It could be a lot worse, you could have cancer.

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Newly diagnosed advice from Davis Phinney Foundation

Hearing the words, “You have Parkinson’s disease,” is life changing. For some, a Parkinson’s diagnosis may mark the end of a long and frustrating search to explain a collection of different and seemingly disconnected symptoms. For others, a Parkinson’s diagnosis is a complete shock, filled with feelings of disbelief and despair. For everyone, a Parkinson’s diagnosis brings a new and unexpected journey.

Parkinson’s is not life-threatening, but it is progressive. This means that symptoms and effects of Parkinson’s will change and get worse over time. Parkinson’s is also very complex and can affect almost every part of the body, ranging from how you move to how you feel to how you think and process. When you are first diagnosed, the sheer amount of information and the uniqueness of each person’s experience of Parkinson’s can be incredibly overwhelming.

In this section, we help you navigate to the right information so you can get started on your path to living well with Parkinson’s.

Newly Diagnosed


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If you have been recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, you are not alone. Today many people with Parkinson’s are looking beyond their doctors alone to keep themselves well. We are here to help empower you by giving you the tools and information you need to lead a healthier, more independent life. Starting today you have the power to make a positive change in your life.

This section of is unique; all of topics listed below have been written by people who have lived well with Parkinson’s for several years