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Participant Information

Dr. Jo-Anne Lazarus

City:
Madison
State:
WI
Country:
USA
Essay:

When I was a child I colored with eight crayons. I always stayed inside the lines. Through adolescence and adulthood the crayons were stored neatly away, not to be embraced by my busy hands.

Then, at 48 years old, my left hand alienated itself from my right and refused to listen to my commands. Being fully immersed within the structure of an academic career, I struggled with the reality of my new diagnosis.

One day at age 50, I picked up my crayons and began to draw. Crayons gave way to charcoal, and charcoal to pastel.

What role does art play in my life with PD? It provides a medium for creativity, relaxation, and exploration.

It allows me to move outside the lines.