Sue’s impressive artwork will be on display and available for purchase at the Niche between 25 November – 10 December. 20% of all proceeds will be donated to Parkinson’s WA.
We hope to see you there!
A little bit about Sue:
Sue’s Parkinson’s journey has been a roller coaster ride…full of highs and lows. Initially she struggled with the diagnosis and felt a loss of identity. Then one day, in January 2012, while searching the internet for inspirational quotes, she came upon one by Michael J. Fox which changed her whole outlook and way of thinking.
She decided to become proactive and began to research what exactly was known about Parkinson’s including how to live well with it, what she could do to slow down the progression, how to help others living with Parkinson’s do the same, and how to educate the general public. Since she began to choose to live well with Parkinson’s, she says she has developed skills she “never dreamed possible.”
In 2016, she discovered she could paint, and her house became an ever changing art exhibition, full of canvases and every surface became spattered with all the colours of the rainbow.
This has led to her holding exhibitions of her colourful, cheeky emus and subtle watercolours to raise money for Parkinson’s Western Australia. This exhibition will be her 4th at the Niche.
She has started a group for people affected by Parkinson’s (with it or a care partner) called “The Unsteady Hand Mob” and holds creative workshops three times a month, boxing sessions every Tuesday, 6 weekly lunches for anyone who wants to join in and has just recently become one of the organisers of the Mandurah Parkinson’s Support Group. These sessions are filled with laughter, support, friendship and more laughter.
In January 2020, she published a book called ‘Our Bobbleheaded Nanna’. Written in collaboration with her grandchildren, this is a children’s book aimed at helping them to understand Parkinson’s.
She is becoming a sought after speaker by local groups to help their members become more aware of what Parkinson’s is and in March 2021 she presented a TedX talk for the TedTalk Youtube channel.
She lives by these 4 quotes and credits them with giving her the strength to face each challenge head on.
“I don’t have any choice whether or not I have Parkinson’s, but surrounding that non-choice are a million other choices I CAN make” ……Michael J Fox
“It’s not about waiting for the storm to pass… it’s about learning to dance in the rain”….Viviane Green
“Accept, Adapt, Adjust”…. Sue Wylie
“You don’t die OF Parkinson’s ….. You die WITH it”