Discovering the Signs
Tincy Jose, a junior sister at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, noticed an unusual sound while walking during a night shift. Concerned, she investigated the source, suspecting something under her shoe. However, after realizing it wasn’t the case, she eventually consulted her GP as her symptoms persisted. Her journey with Parkinson’s began.
Facing the Diagnosis
Diagnosed at 41, Tincy grappled with the overwhelming reality of Parkinson’s disease. Reading about Dr. Paul Sinha’s experience with Parkinson’s on the BBC website intensified her concerns. The diagnosis, received during a work shift, left Tincy in shock. Her matron provided crucial emotional support, emphasizing treatment options and encouraging her to persevere.
Turning Challenges into a Calling
Overcoming her initial reluctance to disclose her diagnosis, Tincy gradually embraced a new purpose. Believing it to be a calling, she joined an informal group of NHS professionals with Parkinson’s, aiming to raise awareness about timely medication in hospitals.
Advocacy and Awards
Tincy actively advocates for Parkinson’s awareness, emphasizing the importance of timely medication. Despite the challenges posed by Parkinson’s, she has progressed in her career, winning the ‘Best Nurse of the Year’ award.
Living with Parkinson’s
Tincy shares her personal mantra for living well with Parkinson’s, emphasizing positivity, resilience, and self-confidence. She encourages others to seek support, believing in the opportunities that life can offer even after a Parkinson’s diagnosis.
Tincy’s journey with Parkinson’s is not just a personal struggle but a testament to resilience and advocacy. Her story inspires others to face life’s challenges with positivity and determination.