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Jordan's story: coping with Parkinson's at university

A photo of Jordan visiting the Parkinson's UK office

Jordan was diagnosed with Parkinson's at just 17. He tells us how the condition impacts his life at university.

Journey to diagnosis

"I had a 2-year investigation before I got a formal diagnosis of Parkinson's. I was told there was no cure but that I could manage it through medication.

"I started taking meds 3 or 4 years ago. I have dystonia in my left foot, a tremor and dyskinesia as a result of my medication.

I would give everything, absolutely everything, to have a cure.

"I take around 15 tablets a day. I have on and off periods. I try and just get on with it but of course sometimes I need to plan around it.

Life at university

"Parkinson's can sometimes make lectures difficult. Writing can be tough, so in lectures I often have to sit back and just take it in.

"Deadlines can be hard too but my uni has been really supportive.

Thinking about the future

"Right now the future for me is uncertain and I have to take each day as it comes. I'm not sure where I will be in 5 years' time.

"I would give everything, absolutely everything, to have a cure. My watch, my car, anything it took. I've got my whole life ahead of me."