Parkin­son’s ig­nites cre­ativ­ity

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By GIO­VANNI TORRE

THE Niche art gallery in Nedlands is cur­rently ex­hibit­ing amaz­ing works by long-time teacher Sue Edge.

Since be­ing di­ag­nosed with Parkin­son’s dis­ease, Ms Edge has un­locked her cre­ativ­ity.

“My cre­ative side has been ig­nited, not just in po­etry, but now in paint­ing,” said Ms Edge.

She also has a blog show­cas­ing more of her art­work and po­etry.

Af­ter work­ing for 36 years as a pri­mary school teacher, Ms Edge said her di­ag­no­sis seven years ago was a blow to her con­fi­dence.

“I felt like I lost my iden­tity af­ter I had to leave work,” she said.

“Sud­denly, I wasn’t a teacher any more and I felt re­ally use­less, but art helped me re­dis­cover some pur­pose.”

She said one of the side­ef­fects of her treat­ment was a ten­dency to­wards com­pul­sive be­hav­iour, which she has chan­nelled into a range of cre­ative works, from paint­ing to sculp­ture and po­etry.

She strug­gles with lim­ited mo­bil­ity on the right side of her body, but feels a strong drive to keep cre­at­ing.

“My hands work well for about 40 min­utes ev­ery four or five hours, so I have to do every­thing in those mo­ments,” she said.

“There are tough times and I’ve had melt­downs, but you’ve got to pick your­self up and get on with it.”

As well as her art­work, Ms Edge keeps an on­line blog de­tail­ing her strug­gle with the dis­ease and plans to re­lease a book about Parkin­son’s dis­ease writ­ten with the help of her grand­chil­dren.

To mark the re­cent World Parkin­son’s Day, Ms Edge do­nated a paint­ing to Parkin­son’s WA, which chief ex­ec­u­tive Brenda Matthews said had bright­ened the not-for-profit group’s hall­ways.

Due to pop­u­lar de­mand, the ex­hi­bi­tion at The Niche has been ex­tended into Au­gust.

To fol­low Ms Edge’s blog or to see more of her art­work, visit bob­ble-head­nanna.wordpress. com.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d471149

Sue Edge has un­locked her cre­ativ­ity since be­ing di­ag­nosed with Parkin­son’s dis­ease seven years ago.

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