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Younger women and Parkinson's: 'I hid my diagnosis. There is a stigma around brain diseases' – The Irish Times

Thursday, 24 March, 2022

Younger women and Parkinson's: 'I hid my diagnosis. There is a stigma around brain diseases' – The Irish Times

Richelle Flanagan, with her daughter Lexi, (5) at home in Terenure, Dublin. Richelle was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease when she was pregnant with Lexi. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

 
Dietitian and former international hockey player Richelle Flanagan used to share the common misconception that Parkinson’s disease is an “older man’s illness”, until she found out she had it when pregnant with her second child.
A curious observation while at work in her dietetic clinic in Dublin led to the first inkling that something was wrong. She was seeing a client who had been with her five years previously.
“I took out her record card and went to write on it and noticed that my handwriting was much smaller than five years prior. It was miniscule in comparison.”
Read more at: https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/parenting/younger-women-and-parkinson-s-i-hid-my-diagnosis-there-is-a-stigma-around-brain-diseases-1.4827644

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