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I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease 13 years ago. Part of that diagnosis was comment on my lack of facial expression, the infamous Parkinson's mask.

I didn't think much about this until years later while I was shopping with my wife. We had finished putting our packages in the car. I walked over to the passenger-side door, but was blocked from opening the door.

A middle-aged woman was getting out of her car and her open door prevented my ingress. I waited patiently for her to finish what she was doing. She closed her door and turned to face me. The expression on her face changed from serene to agitated. She lashed out at me, saying "What did I do? Why are you so angry? Don't you have any patience?" She stormed past me and entered the store.

I stood there in shock. Finally getting into our car, my wife asked what happened. I replied I had been hoodwinked by my Parkinson's mask.

Posted by G Gordon Guist on March 22, 2011


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