Parkinson’s disease is a chronic illness in which dopaminergic neurons of the substantia nigra get destructed. Affected people are seriously limited in their mobility. Furthermore, there are also many vegetative and psychological symptoms. The following paper deals with the experience of people, who are suffering from Parkinson’s disease. The work describes how the symptoms of the disease influence the patient’s everday life and affect their quality of life. Despite increasing care dependency people try to fight against their illness and attempt to keep their lives under control. In addition to everyday problems and coping strategies a link to professional nursing is made. To describe the wide range of duties of nurses, the care-model of chronically ill people by Mieke Grypdonck is used. It turns out, that nurses are deeply involved in the disease process and are faced with difficult challenges during this process.