Hello all: I came upon this situation the other day and it caused me to think of my own circumstances with PD and how I interact with others. So, here's what happened... I was walking with my wife as we often do along a quiet "rail-trail" near the water. It was a beautiful day and many people were strolling along.
I am acutely aware of my tremors and over the last 3 years they have gotten progressively worse. I don't make a fuss about it and don't expect others to point it out. However, When I notice the tremors in other people (strangers) as I did on the trail I wasn't sure if I should mention it in passing like,
" Hey hello, I notice you have tremors, do you have Parkinson's? I also have it and was wondering how you're getting along"
I don't have a problem talking to strangers. I always think of the saying from Will Rogers, "Strangers are only friends I haven't met yet".
So, what is the consensus? How would you feel if a "perfect stranger" started a friendly conversation concerning your PD? I personally don't mind talking about it no matter who brings it up. I always look at it as an opportunity to maybe connect them with this incredibly informative and friendly website.
Take care my friends.
And remember, try to find something in your day to make you smile for even a moment. A picture, a word, a song, a look on a face, a familiar voice, anything.
even a joke like " A horse walks into a bar, The bartender says "Hey, why the long face?"