I went back to Milllsaps tonight for their first night of Dance for PD of the semester. The class was really nice. Afterwards, my best friend since high school, Sandy, and I ( I know. How great is that? We have been friends since age 14 and she is still a very supportive part of my life!) were talking to some of the other participants. I had taken copies of "Monica, Mama and the Ocotilllo's Leaves" to show people who had been in Saturday's workshop. Dr. Melissa Lea, the psychology and neuroscience professor tells me that each year they have a neuroscience emphasis. She had chosen Parkinson's disease as this year's theme. At the end of the year, her seniors adopt a class at a nearby elementary school. They buy a book and share it with the children in the class. Dr. Lea says, "and this year, we'll use your book." I know she has the same last name as my doctor, but we had never met before Saturday. I felt so honored and I thanked her.
Yea! Monica and her Mama will enjoy getting to know some children in Jackson, MS in the spring!
Of all the possible forms of movement that have been developed for people living with Parkinson's, the two that I most wished were available in Mississippi were a boxing gym and dance for PD. One wish has been granted. Damce for PD is being offered at Millsaps College every Monday night this fall.
You might ask how I could be excited? I'm still not walking independently, how could I dance?
At Dance for PD, you soon realize that even if you are seated, you can be dancing.
Yesterday a Dance for PD workshop was offered. It was taught by two of the founding teachers of the program: Misty Owens and David Leventhal. It was a challenge to each person mind and body.it was also one of the kindest experiences I have had. When the class stood to dance with a chair for support, I tried it. When I realized it was too much standing amd I should sit, one of the class leaders sat, too. And showed me how to execute each step in a chair. Any time it seemed like sitting out was the only possibility, a teacher was right there to show us how to dance while seated.
I won't always have to dance from my chair but I will always remember thus particular way the teachers were kind.
The class willl be Mondays at 6 pm in the MAC at Millsaps. It is free to people with Parkinson's.
This is a new website and blog for me to post information about my books without losing it on my Facebook page. Knowing me, it will probably contain a fair amount of information to promote awareness of Parkinson's disease, too. Ask me whatever you'd like. If I know or can find out the answer, I will answer. I'm glad you have visited and I hope you will again.