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Parkinsons Disease Uncovers Hidden Creativity

Tsipi Shaish, a 59-year-old grandmother, knows exactly when she became an artist: when she was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease in 2006. Before her trembling hands brought her to a neurologist, she had lived a routine life, she says. She worked a boring job at an insurance company for 25 years and focused on raising her two kids. She never took art lessons, and beyond the occasional museum visit, never gave any thought to art. Now she talks proudly of her own paintings that have hung in Paris and New York City galleries.