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Buzz Bio: Artist Wonít Let Disease Stop Her

By John Tinkelenberg

You can’t keep Patti Meese down. She might have Parkinson’s disease, but it doesn’t halt her passion for art.

Meese, a new resident in Sherrills Ford, has been featured in the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s 2014 Creativity and Parkinson’s Calendar. Her quilling work, named The Healing Garden, was photographed and printed.

The disease is a chronic and progressive movement disorder, according to PDF.

Meese describes quilling as rolling tiny strips of paper into shapes. She turns coils into pots and flowers. Flower pots might be the size of a penny. She also enjoys painting and jewelry making.

We had a chat with Meese about her art and how it helps her live well.

Question: When were you first diagnosed?

Answer: May 15 of 2008. I really had a tough time after that. I became depressed. I became a hermit. And I had a lot of physical challenges at that time and was using a cane for a long time.

Now, because of the physical activity and a specific program that I do ... I’ve overcome a lot of those adversities. So, that’s been a wonderful, amazing thing for me – to have my life back.

Q: How did your work come to be in the calendar?

A: I happened to be a Parkinson’s disease advocate for the PDF. So, of course, I knew about the calendar. I just think it’s inspiring and really amazing for everybody to be able to have the opportunity to show off their talents. So, I thought, ‘Well, I’ll send a couple pictures in and see what happens.' I was quite delighted.

Q: How is art therapeutic?

A: It brings a lot of joy for me. It’s fun to create a lot of projects like that to see other people’s faces and to see what I can do. … The dexterity of it. It helps the therapeutic value of trying to keep my fingers moving.

Q: Do you find this is ever trying on your patience?

A: I'm much more patient with this than I think I’ve ever been with anything, but I do get frustrated because it is tiny.

Q: What would be something that people wouldn’t, otherwise, know about you?

A: At one time, I could not wear heels or ride my bike because of my balance issues. Now, I can wear my heels, and I can ride my bike again ... To fundraise for Parkinson’s, I ride my bike in six inch stilettos because now I can do both.

Source Date: Mar 06 2014
Source Publication: Hickory Daily Record
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