I live with my retired university professor/writer husband, John and our family of living and breathing cats (not to confuse these with my family of made-by-hand stuffed WhackyCats!). In 2009 I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and for the last 5 years I have been participating in the PPMI clinical trial. I have spend much time sewing, painting and doing lots of creative arts which are said to help improve symptoms of the disease. I also love gardening, reclaiming attic stores and garage sale finds, recycling old objects to new uses. I prowl the local Goodwill stores and yard sales for discarded treasures, alongside my daughter, Amy, who inherited both the art gene and the second-hand shopper gene.
After many years working at a fine arts center as Director of Public Relations and Marketing, I decided in 2015 to give up my days of designing programs, ads, posters, press releases and other copy and I quit my job. It was a difficult decision because my job was more fun than work. But as those who have had experience with Parkinson’s Disease understand, maintaining a strict daily work routine had become difficult. Always one to make the best of any situation however, I have spent these many months adjusting to a life at home. As I look for things to do to keep me busy, I’ve made lots of new discoveries. Life, at any age, has its adventures!