A new mother has revealed how Parkinson was diagnosed during her maternity leave.
Nikki Blackwood, an investment bank manager from Sydney, was only 35 years old when she received the shocking news in August of that year.
The mother said she knew something was wrong when her toes involuntarily rippled. 19659002] Now she has talked about her fight with Parkinson's and reveals how she copes with the "fearsome" degenerative disease.
A mother has shared her horror when diagnosed with Parkinson's
at 35. "I was completely blind – I did not know about Parkinson's at a time other than humans, and the disease is old," she told Daily Mail Australia.
"It's scary to be told that you're a chronic have a degenerative disease. "
At the time of her diagnosis, Nikki's son Brodie was barely a year old.
Bringing up a toddler and making up for the amazing news was a challenge – one she has not taken before.
" My symptoms are at the moment manageable and I've decided not to start any medications but yes, it definitely hinders my everyday life, "she said.
" I've lost the dexterity in my right hand (and for me the misfortune is that Most things are now a struggle – writing, typing, making hair and make-up, changing diapers.
Nikki Blackwood (left) says she was "completely blinded" by the diagnosis that came during maternity leave for 14-year-old son Brodie
I'm told exercise and rest and two of the best things we can do that I'm not very good at, but I try to do both more.
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Parkinson's disease, commonly known as "PD," is the second most common neurological disease in Australia after dementia.
"I had a brain MRI that was normal, so I was somewhat embedded in a false sense of security, expecting the neurologist to tell me I had a nerve," said Ms. Blackwood.
The symptoms would get better after the appointment because I would be treated.
"Parkinson's becomes the harsh reality that they only get worse."
The Investment Bank The manager says it's important not to consider the diagnosis as a death sentence, but to think that "things could be a lot worse".
Ms. Blackwood's story comes when Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt plans to fund $ 30 million for Parkinson's disease.  The funding will enable the Garvan Institute of Medical Research to combine clinical trials and genome research.
Despite the monumental promise, lead researcher and neurologist Professor Simon Lewis says healing is not a guarantee.
& # 39; We may not find a remedy, but because of this effort, we'll be closer, "he told the Sydney Morning Herald.
Since the early 1960s, research has been focused on the neurological disease.
The causes of Parkinson's are still relatively unknown and current treatment plans only mask symptoms for sporadic time periods.
Mr. Hunt says the search for drugs that either slow or stop the disease is crucial.
Your story is told when Federal Health Secretary Greg Hunt (pictured) announces more than $ 30 million for research on neurological disease
In five years, around 1000 patients will attend Be involved in the research program.
"Many of us have observed how Parkinson's disease has caused its relatives to our loved ones," Hunt said.
"We know first-hand how important the search for a breakthrough or treatment is, and that's why research is so important."
Professor Lewis and Associate Professor of the Garvan Institute, Antony Cooper, will begin recruiting participants for the initial trial in the second half of 2019.
For Nikki, she has a message for others in her situation.
Message for others would probably be "you do not die."  "It's a terrible thing to say you have something like PD, especially my age, but it's not a deadly disease and things could be so much worse."
"I can not change the fact that I have this disease, but I can decide how to handle it. "
WHAT IS THE DISEASE OF YOUNG ONSET PARKINSON?
Parkinson's disease (YOPD) occurs in young people under 50 years of age [Oftheapproximately100000peoplewithParkinson'sdiseaseinAustraliaabout5percentareunder50Parkinson'sisusuallydiagnosedinpeopleover60yearsold19659002] 32 Australians are diagnosed daily with Parkinson's disease.
It is a progressive neurological condition that destroys cells in the part of the brain that controls the movement.
There is currently no cure and no way to stop the disease from progressing, but hundreds of scientific attempts are being made worldwide to change this. Signs of the hands, arms, legs, jaw and face
] Sufferers also suffer from depression, insomnia and cognitive problems.