If someone asked you, “Tell me about your Parkinson’s disease”, what would you say? Would it be something optimistic, inspirational or motivating? Or maybe it would be something fearful, angry, or sad? There is no right answer… just as long as it comes from the heart. One of the main reasons people read my blog… other than the fact that I’m incredibly witty and charming… is because I’m sharing moments of my life challenged by Parkinson’s disease. It’s a story that people can relate to. I feel honored that my blog can encourage Parkies to keep pushing forward. To not let their illness define who they are. To find strength in the difficult times and to reaffirm that they’re not alone. This sharing becomes extremely powerful. So when I heard about “The Forging Resilience Art Project”, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to help others share their story.
“The Forging Resilience Art Project” has a mission to bring together inspiring quotes, stories, texts, wordplay and photography to highlight and share the many journeys of resilience from the global Parkinson’s community into one installation that will take the shape of a tree with thousands of leaves. Each leaf will have the quote or message of someone living with or touched by Parkinson’s from around the world. The first international exhibition will then open at the 4th World Parkinson Congress (WPC) from September 20th-23rd at the Oregon Convention Center, OCC in Portland, Oregon. If you haven’t registered to go to the WPC… Well chop chop! You don’t want to miss one of the most life-altering Parkinson’s experiences you can have. Plus, I will be there… how much cooler can it get! How do I turn my story in you ask? Click this line… to share your adventures… you know you want to! So be sure to submit your quote or story and I’m looking forward to reading them all in Portland at the WPC!
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