Laura, agree that the diagnosis of PD is scary, but all is definitely not lost! Medications, exercises, development of routines all help in dealing with it. I was diagnosed 15 months ago. Medication and exercise are so helpful that I sometimes forget that I have PD! Neurologist says that progress can now be slowed to the point that people more often die from other ailments than from PD!! arbet
Glad the messages of support have helped you. I've had PD for over 6 years and like your husband also had prostate cancer. My wife does'nt put my PD down to that but to the shock of having a double total knee replacement 9 years ago. There is no clinical evidence, as far as I know, to say that shock can cause PD and I truly believe that is down to luck or lack of it. 10 months ago I had cancer of the kidney and this was removed. This year I have been diagnosed with kidney failure and that means dialysis sometime soon but, in my own mind I think I've been lucky in a way because, despite all this, I'm still here to enjoy my little grandson of 4.
I'm from England so dont know what its like over in the states in regard to local support groups but they are a nice lot of people on this board and its from others you can gain strength. I certainly do
Good luck and God Bless