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Woman with Parkinson’s disease haunted by online dating sites reveals how she found love

Donna Marshall says that although her online dating profile attracts admirers, she says that once she mentions she says she’s living with Parkinson’s, she’ll have to deal with it. face awkward silences and ghosts.

Donna Marshall said once she mentions she says she's living with Parkinson's, she's faced with awkward silences and ghosting
Donna Marshall said once she mentions she says she’s living with Parkinson’s, she’s faced with awkward silences and ghosting

Single, in her late teens and looking to find romance after a 22-year relationship fell apart, Donna Marshall reluctantly joins the fickle world of online dating.

Her profile picture has attracted a lot of admirers and her passion for life is fascinating, but once she says she is living with Parkinson’s disease, she will have to deal with it. awkward silence and ghosts.

“The last time I went on a date, you could meet people in a pub or at a party and get to know them over time,” she recalls.

“Now it looks like it’s online or nothing, but I find that guys won’t call me back when they find out I have Parkinson’s. Just because you’re conditioned doesn’t mean you’re done as a human being, as a woman. “

Donna was diagnosed with the neurological disorder, which affects around 145,000 people in the UK, in her early 40s while she was undergoing IVF treatment for her second child. Although there is no clear genetic link, she is the third generation in the family to have the disease.

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This condition causes Donna to shake, a symptom heightened by anxiety
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She stopped IVF and shortly after, her relationship with her daughter’s father, Beau, now nine, ended.

Donna, 52, who lives in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, says: “When we broke up, I thought, ‘How am I going to meet someone new? “.

“I felt lost and wondered how on Earth would I form a worthwhile relationship, and who wants someone with Parkinson’s?

“How do you have a sexual relationship with someone who is shaking violently and cramping? Can people with Parkinson’s even have orgasms? My ex has witnessed my transformation and in some ways he feels he has lost a part of me, which contributed to the split.

“I was afraid that I would be single for the rest of my life. I couldn’t cope with dating, but a friend convinced me. I put the fact that I have Parkinson’s disease on my profile page. , but it didn’t start well. People would either ignore me or get in touch and then disappear.”







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The condition caused Donna to shake, a symptom that heightened along with anxiety. She also had to deal with the side effects of the medication. Pramipexole, part of a 14-pill cocktail she takes daily, is designed to reduce tremors and tremors but can also cause compulsions, such as heightened sexual interest and an uncontrollable urge to shop. control.

“For Halloween, I bought a 6ft tall ceramic pumpkin, a skeleton model that you can crawl into, and hired three professional dancers and a dry ice machine to put on a show. outside of my house,” says Donna, who runs her own business.

“It was ridiculous, but I couldn’t stop myself. I also often spend money on clothes that I don’t need.

“It wasn’t easy or comfortable dealing with compulsive behaviors and I was worried that they would keep people from dating me.”

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Many couples find their love lives severely strained due to the physical symptoms and psychological impact of a Parkinson’s diagnosis.

Jennifer Taylor, UK Parkinson’s Helpline Service Manager, said, “Opening up to others about Parkinson’s disease is a very personal decision. Some may not see it as a problem, but others may worry about it.

“It can affect self-esteem and can lead some people to avoid romantic situations altogether, which can be very isolating.

“If you are single, Parkinson’s shouldn’t stop you from dating or starting a new relationship. At some point, you’ll need to decide whether to tell your new partner about your condition and how and when to have this conversation.

“You can’t decide for other people if they want a relationship with you, so be yourself and see what happens.

“Some people may be upset knowing you have Parkinson’s, but many don’t – you might be surprised.”

Fortunately, Donna has now found love and is living with Keith, 50, who works in finance. Donna said: ‘The first date didn’t go well because I was so nervous, so I took too much medication to control the tremors. “It stops shaking, but makes me sway around, which is not a pretty look. But he loves me for who I am, and the relationship works.

“I have come to realize that Parkinson’s changes you, but not you completely. With some symptoms, such as shaking, it’s a condition you wear for all to see, but it doesn’t define you or change your heart.

“If you’re honest and open from the start, Parkinson’s won’t be an issue for your relationship.”

Donna, who runs and goes to the gym to help her body deal with the symptoms, believes more research is needed to find a treatment and cure for Parkinson’s, and higher public awareness will This means that sufferers do not find themselves isolated and alone.

Donna said: “I have seen nanny Maud and my mother Margaret both in pain, and it would be great to see more progress on the medical front.

“Keith and I currently live together and our relationship is proof that love is out there and people can love you for who you are.”

  • For help and advice contact Parkinson’s UK on 0808 800 0303 or visit parkinsons.org.uk

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