My Story

I was in outside sales of material handling equipment for over 25 years.  That was my occupation.  In August, 2011 I was approved for medical retirement because of Parkinson’s Disease.  I now have morphed into a “Volunteer Professional Photographer”.  I shoot pictures for various ministries and non-profit organizations around Southwest Ohio.  You can reference some of my shots at the following links:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/fairhavenphotos/sets/72157628404651633/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/fairhavenphotos/sets/72157627738714329/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/fairhavenphotos/sets/72157626567602375/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/fairhavenphotos/sets/72157626460629265/

http://parkinsonswellness.org/Steady%20Strides%202011%20Gallery.html

http://www.flickr.com/photos/fairhavenphotos/sets/72157628404651633/

I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2004.  Medicine took care of my many symptoms for a long time, but it came to the point where I needed and was approved for Deep Brain Stimulation surgery.  I had come to the point in the disease where I swung from too much movement to not being able to move at all, almost paralyzed.   I had the operation on February 1, 2010.  Lying awake at the University of Cincinnati Hospital while Dr. Mandybur drilled 2 holes and placed wires in my head was an interesting experience!

The effect has been nothing short of a miracle!  Many of my past symptoms are gone or faded.  I have to see my programmer, Maureen, occasionally because the disease is still progressing and the programming has to keep up with the disease, but God has blessed me with the operation.  There are still challenges.   DBS doesn’t fix speech so I rely on medicine for that, an imperfect solution because my speech still goes downhill as afternoon and evening come on.  So I can’t work at any sales job any more.  I do get very fatigued and don’t have a lot of physical stamina.  And my handwriting is gone.  Not working is a long fall for a guy who used to work about 50+ hours per week in outside sales!

Photography is an expression of my artistic side.  I enjoy taking pictures of the beautiful world around me.  I especially enjoy helping people understand photography and how to use their camera, although I don’t do much training now because of my speech.  Photography is a window to God’s creation and I can help reflect the beauty He has put into this world.  I want to serve Him with my photography to glorify Him and show His beautiful creation with the talent He has given me for as long as I can.  I am a member of The Fine Art Center in Dayton, Ohio.  My photographic works are for sale there.

I also want to help Parkinson’s patients and people with problems anytime I can.  God has given me a greater sensitivity to people who are disabled or having problems now and I am trying to reach out in various ways.  I volunteer by serving breakfast to homeless people one morning per week at Target Dayton. http://targetdayton.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=19&Itemid=32    My wonderful wife of 30 years has been a very supportive partner through all my ups and downs – I want to thank her for her love, loyalty and patience with me!

Life may have handed me lemons but I’m doing my best to make lemonade!  God has a plan for each of our lives and we need to serve Him in whatever way we can with whatever tools He has given us!  My goal is to wear out before I rust out!   PRAISE GOD!

You can visit my photo website at:  http://creationsourceimages.photoshelter.com/gallery-list


2 Responses to “My Story”

  1. Maria Rojas // Case Manager // Parkinson Asociation of Puerto Rico (APP - Chapter NPF) March 25, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

    Years ago I saw on pbs a special on macrofotografy of minutare orquids. The foto quality were eceptional and they coment that the photograper had PD. I’m interest in more information.

    Thanks,

    Maria
    MC//APP

    • Creation Source Images March 26, 2012 at 11:59 am #

      Hi, Maria,
      I’m not sure what information you need. Do you want more information on macro photography? On my experience with PD? On how PD affects my photography?
      Gary

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