I think it should actually be called a syndrome. It is really that. A disease implies only one area of the body is affected where as a syndrome more areas are affected. I think that at this point if we try to lessen the blow of what it really is..... It could cause some people to take a lighter view of it and not take funding the research so desperately needed for better treatments.
As someone who was diagnosed at 33. It has been a hard pill to swallow.
I am so sorry u have parkinsons at such a young age. You mention people wont take it seriously if the word disease was disregarded.... I think people are very aware of this condition, especially now that quite a few celebrities have made it public knowledge that they also have it. They also know that it is a very cruel condition. However, I wish you well and hope hope they find some miracle drug before too long. Best wishes to all who are going through this horrible condition, syndrome, whatever u prefer to call it. Anything except disease.... makes one feel unclean.