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Kathryn Jenkins


I've been sewing since I was 10 years old. I got my love for sewing from my mother and grandmother. My three sisters also sew and make quilts.

I was diagnosed with Parkinson's 11 years ago at the age of 58. I still work part time (4 hours a day). I think that is one of the main reasons that I function so well as it makes me get up and move even if I don't feel like it. I love my job and get my mind off my disease and I like being with people.

I had DBS surgery on my left side in February of 2008 and on my right side in September of 2008. The right side never healed completely and I had an exposed wire in March of 2009 and had to have the right side removed. I changed doctors and had the stimulator put back in on the right side in February 2010. The doctor could not stop it from leaking fluid, so I had to have it removed again. So I only have the stimulator in my left side. It was tough for a time with all the surgeries I had but I survived and am doing pretty good now.

When I sew, I can forget my disease. I purchased an embroidery sewing machine in 2006 and computer software for it. I wanted to make a quilt with embroidery from day one but I could never find a pattern that incorporated embroidery on a quilt. With the help on my sisters and a local quilt shop, I designed and put together this quilt. I've made quilts for my grand children and children.

I think the designing and quilting keeps me going and everyone benefits as they get some nice gifts.

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