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Dear Margot,

I am ten years old and I am writing a book for a story contest. My character has parkinson's disease but she is twelve. In the book she has had it since she was a baby so she has never learned to walk. Would this make sense or would it be illogical? Thanks Margot!

- Jojo

Hey JoJo,

Well I don't believe anyone under 20 ever gets PD, so it's not too realistic to give a baby PD unless you introduce it as a condition that has never been seen before and is being studied by the best Neurologists in the world.

As for the symptom progression, it does make sense she would not be able to walk.  She may have tried to stand and take a few steps when she was 2 like most babies, but her shaking would have made her too unsteady to stay on her feet (unless she uses a walker).

Dementia is also common with people who have had PD for over 5 years, but that would probably complicate your story so you might want to mention she is fortunate to not suffer from any cognitive impairment with her rare form of juvenile PD.

I hope this helps and good luck with your novel,

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