IAmA 39yr old with Parkinson's Disease diagnosed for less than 4 years and I've had the first stage of Deep Brain Stimulation surgery, AMA.
So brain surgery while awake, very high thanks to the anesthetist, but awake nonetheless, was at the end of my very rough 2012. On Feb 11 I go back in to get the wires in my head connected to the pulse generator they will implant in my chest. I will literally have a battery powered brain.
EDIT: its close to midnight now here so I'm going to try sleep, will answer any questions later.
EDIT: I did this AMA about 4 months ago, so I wanted to post an update on the effects of the surgery and it what it has done to change my life. This video can be found here http://youtu.be/uBh2LxTW0s0