Kathleen K. Reardon
It took a while to be diagnosed with PD, as it does for many people. To some extent the diagnosis was a relief because treatment could begin -- there was a focus.
Having had breast cancer many years earlier, I knew serious diseases could be challenged and that life could go on -- differently. PD was another blow but less of a shock. I think I'd had it during my forties but just didn't get the diagnosis until it was clearly evident.
I've been a professor and author (Kathleen Kelley Reardon) for years, but my doctor knew that teaching college students was draining me. I used to love it and there were always waiting lists for my classes. But he said, "You've done that. You've done it well. Now, fall in love with something else."
I felt a loss, but knew he was right. For me that new love is painting and now also fiction writing.
Painting has been a gift. I'm no Renoir, but this has been such fun. I've developed a website for people with PD, other movement disorders and people wounded or suffering the aftermath of war. It's a casual site. Hope you'll visit Painting Doc. And send along a painting to post if you like.
My teenage daughter has also produced a website, featuring my artwork along with beautiful photographs by my husband. The artwork is for sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to various charities. Please visit:
My new book, "Comebacks at Work: Using Conversation to Master Confrontation," is now available at Amazon.com. Click the following link for a review or to order: Comebacks At Work