My name is Kendall Hudson and I have been battling Parkinson’s Disease for 19 years now. I have lived on the Space Coast of Florida of almost 48years. My first symptoms started in February 2003 at the age of 29. I went to a local doctor who treated me for muscle spasms. It slowly got worse over that year. I went to see a neurologist in July of 2004, who ran numerous tests ,brain and neck MRIs and Nerve Conduction Study and could not find anything wrong with me. From the years 2004 to mid 2010 I went misdiagnosed. I finally went to a new neurologist in mid 2010,
who ordered another round of tests and officially diagnosed me with Parkinson’s. I used to be a staff accountant in a CPA firm and was taking night classes to become a CPA. With the advice of my doctor, I changed jobs and dropped out of school to lower my stress. I used to be a musician-singer in high school and had several music scholarships to various universities and colleges. I was married for 20 years, I have a 22 year old daughter and had complete financial security. I also used to be very outgoing and social person. Life was good. Parkinson’s has robbed me of literally everything, a promising and good paying career, my marriage, my relationship with my daughter, longtime friendships and my ability to sing. It has given me severe social anxiety, problems with simple tasks like tying shoes, brushing teeth, speech and handwriting. The loss of my ability to write and sign my name was the first and hardest part to overcome.
I have been literally donating my body to science for over 5 years now in hopes that in some way to help find a cure at the National Institute of Health (NIH), the MAYO Clinic and Accel research study centers. I have been on many forms of medications throughout the years to help my quality of life. I went part-time to finally having to quit my job because of stress, anxiety and depression that was consuming me as I continue my battle. The one constant thing that has helped me continue my battle everyday is Art. I started creating art in 2014 and has helped me through many,many dark days over the years when I wanted to give up. Art helps me focus, helps my brain focus and is the biggest outlet for me to express my feelings and thoughts. Art, simply put, saved my life!
Parkinson’s, although it is a very difficult disease to have and live with, has been a blessing. I no longer take anything for granted, as it effects every second of every day of my life. It has also helped me find the inner strength to continue my journey in life with this disease. You can either lay down and let it take over your body or you can stand up and fight back! Art has given me my life back! I donate a lot of my art to local charity auctions, local school fundraisers, school reunion door prizes and I also sell my art when possible, donating back part of the proceeds to Parkinson’s research.
Art is life for me as I continue my journey!
Kendall A Hudson
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Original work by Kendall