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Participant Information

Kristin Railey-Kessling

City:
Annapolis
State:
MD
Country:
USA
Essay:

I was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2001. The thing I feared most was that I would no longer be able to paint. Since high school in the late 1960's I had painted approximately 50 paintings. Since 2001, I have painted approximately 72 oil paintings, including a 36 x 48 Thomas Point Lighthouse, Chesapeake Bay, that was displayed in the Washington, DC Convention Center for the 2006 World Parkinson's Congress. I went out on long-term disability from a stressful & strenuous retail management job at Macy's. That first year I painted 20 paintings. Knowing that I can still paint gives me a feeling of self-confidence and accomplishment in a world where there are so many things that I can no longer do. It also relaxes me and makes me temporarily forget that I have PD. In recent years I have started writing poems and making my own greeting cards for my family & friends.