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Participant Information

Mary Lou Lane


She was diagnosed with Parkinson's at the same time that she was told that she had a genetic brain disorder, Cavernous Angiomas. She said she didn't worry about the Parkinson's because she thought she would die from the other before Parkinson's became a problem...little did she know.

She was in a coma for almost a month about 3 years ago. We put one of her paintings up in her ICU room so that everyone that came into her room would know that she was an artist.

When she came out of the coma, the OT and PT worked very hard to teach her to hold a paint brush again, it was her lifeline. My son came home from Harvard (Mother had helped me raise him) that summer to help in her rehab and taught her to paint watercolors (she had painted with oils before).

Even though her hands are shaking terribly, when her brush finally touches the paper, the tremors stop! She says that God is her strength and that she can still laugh and have fun and paint!

"Painting is her love," she says, "sometimes I think I paint well, sometimes I don't, but I keep painting anyway-- tremors or not! When I'm not painting, then I'm thinking about it, about the colors and shadows. I even wake up and find my hands making painting motions. Without art, my life would have a large hole in it!"

As a family, we believe that having Art in her life has indeed been her life-line. Thank you for recognizing how important a creative outlet is to some one dealing with the challenges faced by a Parkinson's patient.