Degeneration also tends to be slower when you are diagnosed with Parkinson’s at a younger age. Between that, and the drug I’ve started taking, it’s very possible the progression of the disease will be dramatically delayed. So far, the occasional tremor is my only symptom, and I’ve heard some encouraging stories of people like me whose symptoms don’t worsen for 20+ years. I’m convinced this is going to be me, too, and will do everything in my power to make it happen.
This won’t affect my writing. I don’t plan to stop, ever. I’m 25,000+ words into the fifth Angst novel: Something Something about Angst. I have already started lining up cons for next year. When you see me at a con, I may be a little shaky. That either means I’m excited to see you – like a puppy wagging it’s tail, or it’s the Parkinson’s. (I’d go with the puppy explanation, it’s a lot more fun to think about.) Eventually, I may go to less cons because I tend to tire easily (I’m just glad to have an excuse for exhaustion other than being old.) But really, I’ll cross that bridge when it comes. I’m not done yet.