In this ongoing series, people living with Parkinsonís disease share their passion and how this activity is improving their outlook.
Whatís your passion? A year ago I started working with stained glass, using glass from old windows Iíve salvaged. It brings me such joy to see the light shining through a piece Iíve created and to share it with others. My husband, Mike, built a studio for me ó called the Grout Grotto ó and I spend 15 to 20 hours in it each week.
How does it help you? I feel lucky to have found my passion. It absolutely improves my quality of life and provides me with such a feeling of accomplishment. As with anything, Iíve learned to organize it to suit my on/off periods ó doing the tricky work when Iím on and saving the easier tasks for when Iím not.†
Is this a new pursuit for you? Iíve always enjoyed doing crafts, but had never pursued one art form like this before.
What else helps? Iím part of a small support group, and Iím grateful to have people in my world with PD. But Iím not about to let Parkinsonís stop me from doing the things I love ó like gardening, cooking and traveling. Although Iíve never enjoyed exercise, I stay active, eat a healthy diet, and stay up to date on the latest research.
How do you think/able? I donít give into PD and Iím not concerned with what others think or say. Everyone has something thatís a struggle. Keep pushing yourself and incorporate something into your every day that brings you joy.