Top 5 Best and Worst Reactions To “I Have Parkinson’s”

Yes, I do.  It’s something that I don’t mind talking about, but which doesn’t usually get brought up in conversation, except by me.

When I do bring it up, it usually elicits a reaction, and over the years I’ve become something of a connoisseur of Reactions To I Have Parkinson’s.

So without further ado here are the top five worst and best reactions I’ve actually received from people when I told them I have Parkinson’s:


  • “You know, my uncle/grandpa/neighbor had that, right up until he died.”
  • “Have you tried meditation/pot/ginko leaves, etc…?”
  • “Hmmm.  You seem awfully young for that.” [While trying to figure out if I’m on meth.]
  • “You know, (Celebrity X) has that and he/she does (Treatment Y), I saw it on (Television Program Z).”
  • “I have this little twitch in my left eyelid, do you think that’s what I have?”


  • “That sucks.  Are you doing ok?”
  • “Wow!  You seem like you’re doing really well.”
  • “What does that mean for you?  Do you have a good doctor for that?”
  • “Do you need any help?  Is there anything I can do?”
  • A hug. 




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