Imagine that Parkinson's Disease is a Rubik’s cube. Every side of every cube represents a different variable associated with your life and your disease. Moving one cube (making one change in any variable in your life or disease) effects every other cube (all other parts of your disease and your life.)
Variables might include such things as: the
medications you take, the side effects you experience, non-motor symptoms, how much you exercise, your financial well-being, your worries, your outlook on your life, your support system, your stage of life, responsibilities, mood, how much you sleep, how long you’ve had the disease, your gender, the doctor that you see, other health conditions, life history, genetics, your temperament, your work, your relationships, your role in the community, and even the food in your refrigerator.
This visual analogy makes it easy to see the complexity of Parkinson's Disease. Doctors may look at symptoms and side effects as something separate from our lives. But the patient reality is that every aspect of the disease impacts every aspect of our lives and vice versa. They can’t be separated. It’s not how patients experience them. It’s just not reality.