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Participant Information

Mary Stratton

Fort Wayne

I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in May of 2005 and then breast cancer later that same year. It was during chemotherapy that I discovered what I call the creative flow, where discomfort takes a back seat to being focused on a creative activity. I began with stained glass and then with the purchase of a glass kiln, I began making dichroic glass jewelry. Not wanting to stay idle while the glass fused, I began to learn wire-wrapping, It quickly became an expensive hobby so my husband and I began to sell at art shows to help support my hobby. I named the business Creative Flow Glass Jewelry after this thirst for creating that I possess.
I strongly encourage other people with Parkinson's to follow any desire to create in any fashion that feels right to them.

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