I have Parkinson’s Disease and This is How it Affects Me (Part 2)

By Sherri Woodbridge

In my last column, “I Have Parkinson’s Disease and This Is How It Affects Me, Part 1,” I shared what having Parkinson’s disease is like, according to those who live with it on a daily basis. This is second in the series. 

It’s my body, but I’m not in control. People are telling me to speak up, quit mumbling, talk louder. I am speaking up. I’m not mumbling. I am talking louder.

“There,” I say. “I’m yelling now! Is that better?!?” They say they can now hear me. Just barely. Maybe they have potatoes in their ears.

“Hey,” they say, “what’s wrong? Why ya’ so down?”

Let me check. I didn’t think I was down. I didn’t think anything was wrong.

“What makes you think there’s something wrong?”

“You’re not smiling.”