Annual Inspiration

Yesterday was my third “appearance” at the Genny Wood Art Show in Bullard, TX with my mother. I enjoy the annual trip and experience. I’ve gotten to know some of the folks that my mom call friend and each year I do see a bit of what we would call “community”. I’m usually impressed with this “community”. They care and they don’t mind sharing it or showing it. These people work hard and care deeply.
But what I was also more aware of was the true appreciation for my mother’s art that I saw. You see, she has Essential Tremor.

Also known as familial tremor, benign essential tremor or hereditary tremor, essential tremor (ET) is a neurological condition that causes a rhythmic trembling of the hands, head, voice, legs or trunk. It is often confused with Parkinson’s disease and dystonia.

My sister and I have e beginnings of it. So we know, potentially, what our lives may look like in 20 years if our ET progresses at the same rate that our mother’s has. A daunting perspective and one that I can only hope to handle as well as my mother has with her perspective of positive all around.

Here is a photo of her in our booth. You can see some of her work on the left side.


2 thoughts on “Annual Inspiration

  1. Love that you and your mother exhibit alongside one another. And I hadn’t heard about you and your sis having symptoms. I understand your situation and empathize completely.

    • It is fun for us each year. Though this year I admit to not having put as much prep work into it as I usually do. I try to have “fresh” prints and products for it but have lagged terribly behind in the last 6 months.
      Yes, my tremors are more noticeable if I drink caffeine or have little sleep or those normal types of physical stressors. One benefit that I do have is that I can take Klonopin, a med usually given for anxiety, for the tremors without the sleepiness that others experience. This is due, in large part, to my use of the medication for anxiety of which my most prominent disease, bi-polar II disorder, causes.

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