Editor’s note: Stories by our members chronicle how we are affected by Parkinson’s disease. Our intent is not to prescribe medical advice about the diagnosis, treatment or other medical aspects of PD but to provide information, news, support and encouragement for women living with this condition. Thanks to Wilma Du Toit who is from Bloemfontein in South Africa, and she is Afrikaans speaking. We’re particularly pleased that her contribution has made Parkinson’s Women Support a truly global outreach for women! –DB
When I was diagnosed with PD, my thoughts was at first that of unbelief! HOW, and WHY ME? But as the time goes by and I start learning about PD, I became calm and relaxed about it. What else could l do? There was no escape route from it. I had two kids at that time. I was a fulltime mom and run a business from home as well. There was no time for sulking. Seven years later I had two more children. What a blessing!! My life was not easy at all, but I took it one day at a time. I struggled with a lot of side effects from my meds, which are one 100/250 Carbilev every two hours. I have also taken injections for severe spasms. At that time my marriage was nearly over. I struggled with a lot of things at the same time, and as you know, stress and PD are no friends.
Now, 34 years later, I am still going strong, still have PD, BUT, he is no longer my enemy, he became my partner. I discuss a lot of things with him, like, ‘would you be able to do this?’ or ‘come on, you CAN do this!’ I also get mad at him, ‘stop this @#&*!’ And most of all, I learned that there is nothing wrong to cry. I allow myself time to cry over it. BUT, I also learned not to get depressed over it, because it would not do me any good.
I have five grandchildren already and I get sad when I realize that there is a lot that I can’t do with them, but on the other hand I am SO grateful for the things I still can do. I enjoy every moment I spend with them. They mean the world to me!
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