12 Ways Having Parkinson's In Your Twenties And Thirties Changes Your Life
"There are more of us than you'd think juggling the condition with careers, young families, travel aspirations."
We spoke to five people who were diagnosed with young onset Parkinson's between the ages of 8 and 42.
Parkinson's disease affects 1 in 500 people in the UK. Most are over 50 – but, according to the NHS, 1 in 20 people with the condition first notice symptoms when they're under 40. Some people get diagnosed even earlier than that.
Shamsa Hussein, now 32, was diagnosed at 28; Emma Lawton, 34, was diagnosed at 29; Heidi Reynolds, 41, was diagnosed at 37; Nick Hazell, 44, was diagnosed at 42; and Matt Eagles has been in treatment for Parkinson's symptoms since age 8 and is now 48.