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Life with Parkinson’s: How to Deal with Curious Stares

Life with Parkinson’s: How to Deal with Curious Stares

People with Parkinson's have already surpassed the stage of grief since they found out that they have Parkinson’s disease. It was an agonizing and miserable process, but at last, they got through it. Now that they have accepted everything and have even started to cope with their Parkinson's Disease, they then face another aspect of the circumstance, which is facing or dealing with the people around them.

A stranger who keeps on looking at their trembling hands, a security guard who has some suspicions on their actions, a man who keeps on staring at their shirt; or a woman who thinks they are some kind of a drunk person -- these are just some of the common situations that people with Parkinson's experience as they live with their condition.

Having Parkinson’s disease requires a lot of ‘dealing’ and ‘getting used to.’ It isn’t just about making yourself accept it nor dealing with the disease itself but also about making other people around you understand. The people you meet on the streets, the staff or clerks and customers of your favorite mall or restaurant, and even your own boss and your coworkers, are just some of the people you can’t avoid. Hence, you basically need to find ways on how to handle your disease whenever these people are present. The curious stares that you get from them might be unbearable. It sometimes leads to misunderstanding you and your actions. That is why it takes a lot of courage, confidence, and patience to live your life with Parkinson’s disease.