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Participant Information

Jackie C. Schneider

City:
Fort Worth
State:
TX
Country:
USA
Essay:

When I was first diagnosed, I tried to learn as much as I could about the disease. As I read about the various symptoms that Parkinson's patients may develop, I was particularly struck by description of facial masking.

I remembered seeing that condition in a Parkinson's patient a few years earlier and my response at that time. I had been sure that behind the fixed expressionless face there could only be a hopelessly damaged mind.

Whether because of, or in response to Parkinsons disease I have felt an almost compulsive need for a form of creative expression. I chose to create my own Parkinson's masks, an attempt to show the mind and the emotions behind the stillness and isolation of the mask.