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Participant Information

Bev Mickelson

City:
Portland
State:
OR
Country:
U.S
Essay:

Four years after I was diagnosed with PD, in 2008, I moved into an assisted living facility. One of the activities on the monthly schedule is Origami, the Japanese art of folding paper.

I had always wanted to try Origami and soon it became a labor of love. Folding and folding and soon itís a 'sunflower'. On another day, folding and folding until it was a 'shooting star', which, was really a pouch. Then, I mounted it on some star printed-paper to make it look like it was falling across the sky.

So, my crafts, that I do, are good for my mind, body and soul. Also, the fine motor skills involved help my hands to work better to fight off my PD.

Artistic creativity abounds the sky is the limit! When I am busy with my crafts my mind is distracted and happy. My tremors seem to cease. At that moment there is no PD.