Joy Milne’s husband Les was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 45. However, it had been 12 years earlier when Joy had first noticed that something was different about him.
Joy has a rare condition called hereditary hypersomnia that gives her a heightened sense of smell. When Les was 33, she noticed that he had started to develop an odor, which she described as a subtle, musky smell.
She also noticed the same distinct smell when attending meetings organized by the charity Parkinson’s UK. It was at this point that she was able to link the smell to the disease.
Joy’s ‘super smeller’ abilities would soon go on to make headlines around the world, and along with researchers, they're changing the landscape of diagnosing Parkinson's.
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