12 Ways Having Parkinson’s In Your Twenties And Thirties Changes Your Life


“There are more of us than you’d think juggling the condition
with careers, young families, travel aspirations.”

Posted on September 11, 2017, 08:12 GMT

We spoke to five people
who were diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s between the
ages of 8 and 42.

Parkinson’s disease affects 1 in 500 people in the UK. Most are
over 50 – but, according to the NHS, 1 in 20 people with the condition first
notice symptoms when they’re under 40. Some people get
diagnosed even earlier than that.

Shamsa Hussein, now 32, was diagnosed at 28; Emma Lawton, 34,
was diagnosed at 29; Heidi Reynolds, 41, was diagnosed at 37;
Nick Hazell, 44, was diagnosed at 42; and Matt Eagles has been
in treatment for Parkinson’s symptoms since age 8 and is now

6. Being young means living with the
complications of Parkinson’s for longer.

“Those with young onset Parkinson’s must live longer with the
complications of this diagnosis but may have a family to
support, a mortgage to pay, a career to pursue. Being
diagnosed at an early age means that issues around
employment, financial security, relationships, family life
and future ambitions become much more relevant. In fact,
these issues require as much attention and support as the
medical symptoms and I don’t think we’ve quite got this right
in the UK yet.” – Nick Hazell

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