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Participant Information

Debra Watson


I have always had an interest in creative activities. My career choice of print advertising and marketing was very satisfying for me. It was difficult leaving that high-energy occupation.

Today, making jewelry is one of my outlets of expression. At times I have difficulty managing hand tools and small pieces. I just set down what I'm working on and return when I'm in my "up" mode. Seeing the enthusiasm and appreciation from a recipient of my creation gives me great pleasure and warms my soul. Parkinson's modified me but will not stop me.

Of the many symptoms of Parkinson's disease, I have determined one of them to be "CCD" (Creative Compulsive Disorder). My neurologist cracked a smile.