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Participant Information

Joyce Le Coz


Making jewelry is a new hobby picked up in the wee hours of the morning when many of us with PD don't sleep. No clanging of dishes or noise of cleaning to disturb the house. Rather, it's a time of calm, reflection and a sense of accomplishment in creating a pretty gift for someone.

Parkinson's has given my life an urgency of "just do it" and "do it now" philosophy to my usual "laid back" ways. It has taught me to do what pleases me, as much as possible.

Whether it's enjoying my beads, taking classes (tai chi, hula, kick, glass fusing), spending time with my family or traveling to all those destinations I want to visit "someday." I feel the need to pursue things with more energy and vigor than I once would.

Many would feel the precise nature of jewelry-making would not be the most ideal hobby for someone with PD, but it's quite the contrary. Working on the skills we have the most trouble with improves or at least maintains them.

The satisfaction continues with the pleasure the work brings to those around you. Nothing is more satisfying to see than someone wearing and enjoying a piece of jewelry that was made by me for them.

Working beads, despite its many rewards as a hobby has been more than that for me personally. The creative outlet and refuge it offers has been a huge boost to the morale. Accepting PD does not entail surrendering to it, and making jewelry is a way of fighting. Each piece of jewelry I make is a small but important victory for me, a person living with PD, and thriving.

I plan to be an old, healthy and creative "poster child" for PD. And I thank Dr Lew and his research nurses for their care, support and encouragement.