David's symptoms slowly progressed and he was eventually diagnosed with Parkinson’s when he was 29. He tells us about his diagnosis and his hopes for the development of new treatments in the future.
The diagnosis was life-changing and very scary.
“The diagnosis was life-changing and very scary. I didn’t know much about Parkinson’s at the time – or what treatments were available – but I was told it was a degenerative condition that would get progressively worse.
“Everyone seemed to tell me I’d have ‘five good years’ and then it would be harder. No one could tell me what the Parkinson’s would do after then – or even whether or not the medication would work properly.
“I was 29 when I was diagnosed.
Thinking about the future
I know nothing can stop my Parkinson’s from getting worse.
“Even though the side effects are bad, I still need medication to get through the day.
"I take somewhere between 10 and 15 tablets each day. Without them, I would be house-bound.
"But I think my current medication is now past its peak – it’s becoming less and less effective at tackling my Parkinson’s symptoms. There aren’t many medication options left open to me.
“I have two children and they are my life now. These days I don’t think about the future, because I know nothing can stop my Parkinson’s from getting worse. A cure would be incredible, but it would be amazing even if there was something that could just stop the condition progressing – that is what I need.”