Why We Do This

2014-010 by Carol AdamsEvery time I walk in a room or symposium with caregivers and people with Parkinson’s, the reasons for doing what we’re doing are illustrated again. Every once in awhile, the illustration is stark.

I attended a Q&A with Dr. David Coffey and Dr. Stephen Lee, neurologists and movement disorder specialists at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC). The session was sponsored by the Parkinson’s Center at DHMC, one of our partners. We had a display at one of the tables and two Comfort Quilts to be distributed to people with Parkinson’s.

After a very lively and informative Q&A, a woman from New Hampshire caught up with me to request one of the quilts I brought for a friend who has Parkinson’s. Her friend’s family had recently suffered a loss and was in great need of the kind of peace the Comfort Quilts provide.

Just as I handed the Comfort Quilt to the woman, her friend walked by. They had not seen each other at the event. As I unfolded the quilt and draped it on her shoulders, the recipient and her friend both had the most heartfelt human emotions possible.

In that instant of grief, thankfulness, dear friendship and love was the epitome of why these quilts are so important: to bring the peace of something made solely for the comfort of a person with Parkinson’s. I am still shaking my head in wonder at the image I witnessed in that hallway. THIS IS WHY WE DO THIS!

Be well…Jesse