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  • Writer's pictureJessica Jaymes Purdy

Dancing my way back to passion

After a year 'dancing' through hard moments and focusing on my health as I navigated the challenges brought on by the progression of my movement disorder, I am excited to announce that I am returning to publishing content. The past year has been a difficult journey, as the progression made walking, writing, and typing more difficult, and at times, impossible. Along with the physical limitations, I've also been coping with some cognitive issues that commonly accompany neurological movement disorders like Parkinson's.

Despite these obstacles, I refused to let them stop me from living my life or pursuing my passion for writing and activism. Through it all, I've learned to embrace my changed reality and as I've danced through moments where I wondered how I would continue. Amazingly I've managed to find joy and purpose in these new challenges. Sadness would arrive like rains clouding they sky and yet always joy and hope would bloom again like the sun to remind me of the beauty that exists even in times of trial and tribulation.

I am thrilled to be back, ready to share my thoughts, experiences, and creative works with all of you once again. I've begun writing articles and poetry again. I am playing the part of Dr. Rue Voynich in a staged reading of Doctor Voynich and Her Children at the end of the month. But I am particularly eager to dive back into, "Shooting Stars and Origami Swans," (A collection of poetry about my transition.) which holds a special place in my heart.

I want to express my sincere gratitude to everyone who has supported me throughout this challenging period. Your understanding, encouragement, and patience have meant the world to me. I look forward to reconnecting with you all and embarking on this new chapter together, dancing through the moments as I continue my journey as an author and activist.

Thank you for being a part of my story.

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