20th Anniversary Issue So you may not know me well, but I can tell for sure that I am nothing if not resilient. In spite of having lost my mother in 2017, along with four other notable family members that year alone, and within another year, was thrust into a new mode of being the patient! Yes, I was brought low by a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease (PD), and still have my down days or weeks, but my fighting spirit has come through for myself this time! I will be firing my neurologist soon and looking into a new one as I need to have professionals working on my care that believe in me and my mission in beating this disease. Or at least living as well as possible with it. Meanwhile, I carry on in my field of poetry therapy, and I have added in essential oils to that as well, which I offer to individuals, couples, and groups, although I am newer to the realm of essential oils. Poetry therapy is my baseline that everything must come back to. Though it is not a stuck in the mud kind of a baseline, as it involves creativity. Whether someone is comfortable with poetry or not, whether or not they have ever kept a journal, I believe it is possible for someone to come to a session or a group of mine and leave feeling more creatively alive that they have ever felt before. Despite my being unable to read my own handwriting any longer, and my lower volume of voice, my creative spirit remains strong, and I...
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