I am a retired art director with more than 30 years of experience in advertising and publishing. In 1995 I was diagnosed with a rare cancer, then in 2007, I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The symptoms have been severe at times. On a brighter note, I do believe that being involved in any form of creativity, whether it be painting, photography, designing, writing, poetry or music, is a positive benefit and outlet. I have dabbled in pastels, watercolors, photography and computer designing. I am also working on a cookbook and memoir.