Shamsa's story - diagnosed at 28

"I feel like I don't fit the stereotypical picture of Parkinson's, even though it is my reality, and I want to challenge perceptions of what it is to have Parkinson's.

"Parkinson's is like a kaleidoscope and there's different colours and different shapes and sizes of people within it."

Meet Shamsa, a young mum who was diagnosed with Parkinson's aged 28. Shamsa talks about love, life, family and Parkinson's in these 6 short videos.

Episode 1: Catch the wind

"I don't fit the stereotypical picture of Parkinson's, even though it is my reality."

Episode 2: Religion and Parkinson's

"Parkinson's is hard enough without beating yourself up, without you being your own worst critic."

Episode 3: Becoming mum

"Just because I've got Parkinson's, that doesn't mean that she shouldn't have a sibling."

Episode 4: I wanted my husband to divorce me

"I met him and we had instant chemistry. It sounds so cliched but you know when you've met the one."

Episode 5: Being a teacher with Parkinson's

"Trying to control 25, 26 hormonal adolescents in a confined space is flipping hard."

Episode 6: How does Parkinson's affect a marriage?

"I think it puts a strain on a marriage, definitely. Because if one person gets ill, then the other person has to pick up the slack. You have to sink or swim."

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