I believe one of the biggest challenges we face with Parkinson's is the management of our therapies. The medical world tends to rely heavily on prescription drugs and surgical procedures such as Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) to help us control our symptoms.
I do not feel qualified to write about DBS surgery as I will not consider this treatment. This was a decision made after much thought, research, and discussions with family and friends. I am sure others will speak on this topic.
People who live with Parkinson’s (PwP) today are faced with the inevitability of the neurodegenerative nature of their condition – a slow loss of control over life as time progresses. All ambitions and expectations for the future become compromised, and the resulting sense of loss becomes increasingly burdensome. The principal medicine for this is encapsulated in one word – hope. Unfortunately, hope is not a word often used or associated with science – hope is uncertain and science relies on evidence of certainty.