Battling with Parkinson's: 'I can't write my own name unaided'

Creative director Emma Lawton was diagnosed with Parkinson's at the age of 29. She's fighting back - but medication is letting her down.

by Emma Lawton

It has been 200 years since Parkinson’s was given it’s name. And it was 4.5 years ago the name was spoken to me in a neurologist’s office and my life changed forever.

No-one is ever ready to hear that the vision they had for their future might not be achievable, that their day-to-day life would be filled with unending uncertainty, that everything from brushing their teeth to holding down a job would become a challenge. It would be unwelcome at any age. I was just 29 years old.

But I decided to hit Parkinson’s head on and not let it take me down. And I was confident that medication would be a vital and reliable part of the arsenal that would help me maintain my independence and quality of life.

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