The JF&CS Parkinson’s Community Quilt
Written by: Cynthia Shoemaker

JF&CS Parkinson's Community Quilt - Cynthia ShoemakerWhat, you might ask, does a bird’s nest have to do with Parkinson’s disease (PD)?

Here is my story about how there was a connection.

I had been diagnosed with PD for about four years when it became more and more clear that it was time to retire from my vocation as a Protestant minister. My stamina was waning, and like so many others with this movement disorder, I found that one of the more difficult tasks of daily living involved climbing up and down stairs. Since I was living in a third floor apartment in a building without an elevator, it was time to move. I dreaded the physical labor of sorting and packing, and the mental strain of deciding what possessions I could keep and what needed to go. I had been living in a housing co-op with friends of thirty+ years, and so the loss of daily contact with them was keen.

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