While Parkinson's disease is a part of her life, it is not her life. She is the mother of a son, the wife of a husband, the sister of two sisters and one brother, and daughter of two parents. Adele Hensley earned her BS in Biology from Baylor University in 1987. She graduated in 1991 with an MS in Zoology from the University of Florida. It was a few years later, as a graduate student at Duke University, that she realized the traditional academic life was not going to be for her. She saw that public education would best use her gifts and skills. She was very grateful to find herself on the right way but she had to start on a new path when she was diagnosed with Parkinson's at the age of 38. It hit her voice early and made public speaking difficult. She funneled her efforts into explaining Parkinson's disease through writing. Adele Hensley is the author of a new book of poetry, and three books written for children about different aspects of Parkinson's disease. The children's books are "Monica, Mama, and the Ocotillo's Leaves," about the process of diagnosis, "How Marty's Mom Became a Cyborg," about Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) therapy, and "Face It: Making Peace With Fear," about the anxiety associated with Parkinson's. The new book of poetry is just out in September 2016 and is called "Twelve Years and Counting: Reflections on Living with Early Onset Parkinson's Disease." Adele Hensley lives in Clinton, Mississippi, with her husband Frank who is a biology professor, their sixteen year-old son Clark, and their Labrador retriever, Gryff.