6th of September 2018
This is me. Held together by strings of dopamine.
Parkinson’s disease doesn’t only affects your neurons, but also threatens your self-image in many ways (1). By drawing images, I keep up a mirror to myself. Is my identity changing now that I have less control over what my body, limbs and brain do? Or am I essentially the same? Do my family, friends and colleagues think the same? And if I change, do I only loose or are there things to gain as well?
It keeps me occupied.
Although participants with PD were experiencing an increasing lack of control over their bodies, and new emotions as they processed these changes, they stressed the value and importance of remaining themselves—for example, a “partner” in their personal relationships rather than a “patient.” | Roger, K. S., & Medved, M. I. (2010). Living with Parkinson’s disease-managing identity together. International journal of qualitative studies on health and well-being, 5(2), https://doi.org/10.3402/qhw.v5i2.5129.
(1) Martin, S. C. (2016). The experience and communicative management of identity threats among people with Parkinson’s disease: Implications for health communication theory and practice. Communication Monographs, 83(3), 303–325. https://doi.org/10.1080/03637751.2016.1146407