Vacation By V

Parkinson’s, Creativity, Travel and Mom

My mother had Parkinson’s Disease for 30 years. Mom was good about keeping up with her medications, which allowed her to continue many daily activities and go on trips to Europe with my sister, girl’s weekends to the lake, family outings, etc. Mom decided to start an organization, the Parkinson’s Support Group of Kentuckiana. She was actively involved with representing Parkinson’s Disease on a national level and was wrote a book about her experiences. Due to her first brain operation, my mother was able to have an important role in being a grandma, and enjoyed that for at least 10 years.

To honor mom I am organizing a fundraising cruise.

1st Annual Parkinson’s Creativity Cruise

March 3-y 2016 Cruising on the Brilliance of the Sea

We will be sailing on a Royal Caribbean ship, leaving from Tampa Florida. We will have a meet and greet event the night before the cruise. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines has a reputation for wonderful food, entertainment, and top customer service, especially with Special Needs Clients.

Our cruise will be sailing to Cozumel Mexico, Cozumel has one of the top barrier reefs in the world, so there are plenty of opportunities to snorkel, scuba, or just see the reef in a glass bottom boat. Cozumel also has interesting churches, jewelry shopping, and dining options. to explore the area.

The group has both Ocean View and Balcony cabins, with a few cabins being accessible If you are interested in the accessible cabins, please contact me as soon as possible as we only have a few cabins that are accessible.

The cruise will include two unique creative opportunities for you to enjoy. Katherine Autin is a Parkinson’s Support Advocate and a jewelry designer. Katherine’s insights into Parkinson’s disease are very helpful and cutting edge and her jewelry designs are stunning. She will teach you how to make jewelry with gemstone beads. Everyone will make at least one necklace or a pair of earrings for you to treasure. Parkinson’s occupational therapists recommend stringing beads as a great way to work on your dexterity issues when you have Parkinson’s disease and it is loads of fun. Her husband, John David Autin is an author and poet who was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s disease in 2004. Since that thunderbolt first fell on him, Mr. Autin has successfully used his poetry as both shield and banner in the struggle to stop his Parkinson’s from running his life. He will read selected poems from his newly published book of verse, Birds Only Sing to Those Who Listen while he discusses the value of creativity and a positive attitude in countering the adverse effects of chronic diseases. He will also guide you in journaling creative positive thoughts. During the cruise, Mrs. Autin will also lead Parkinson’s support groups passing on what she has learned over the last 11 years as a caregiver of Mr. Autin and as a patient advocate for hundreds of people with Parkinson’s disease and their families. Join us for a supportive, fun, accessible adventure at sea.

We are excited to announce that this cruise will be a fund raising event for Parkinson’s Disease research and quality of life programs…

Please contact for pricing and more information.

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