Everyone responds in a different way when told they have Parkinson's disease. For some, the diagnosis may be a relief. Others, however, may find themselves in denial and may need some time to accept the diagnosis.
As you adjust, understand that a wide variety of emotional reactions are normal and very common. You will likely have questions about how to cope and what the future may hold.
Parkinson Society British Columbia (PSBC) has a number of resources and services available for your use.
Resources for Newly Diagosed:
- What is Parkinson's disease? [brochure]
- You Are Not Alone [brochure]
- Understanding and Moving Forward [booklet]
- New Diagnosis Day - November 2015 [videos]
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New Diagnosis Support Group:
If you need help coping with your diagnosis, or you are someone supporting a person who is newly diagnosed, PSBC facilitates a New Diagnosis support group for individuals who have been diagnosed with Parkinson's in the past two years.
Newly diagnosed individuals or family members often mention feeling isolated. If this describes you, you may wish to talk with others who are also facing a similar challenge. The purpose of this group is to provide an atmosphere of mutual trust and support and to help you live a full life with Parkinson's.
If you are interested in attending a New Diagnosis support group meeting, please contact us.