Molly Nightingale

This narrative is also in the writing section because part of the text is cut off. My husband Charlie was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease last year. He is an active and exceptionally creative artist who has his Masters in Art History. He worked as an event planner setting up large events for weddings, charity events and the governor’s ball for the Oscars. One of the most exciting events he did was a charity event to raise money for the preservation of the rain forest, a passionate commitment by Sting who performed for an intimate group that was tented and decorated as a rain forest. The proceeds from this event contributed several million dollars to restore the damage done to the ecosystem in Peru’s rainforests. He has done some extraordinary events like the annual walk of fame honoring an artist and pioneer in courtier fashion on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. The last event honored Salvatore Ferragamo, the brilliant Italian Shoe Designer for men and women. I was fortunate to take photos of the event and will upload some wonderful images including his innovative designs and creation of the stiletto heel made famous by Marilyn Monroe. Due to the rapid progression of this debilitating disease, Charlie could no longer work and instead of becoming a victim, he found an opportunity in crisis when confronting the reality of this progressive disease and the impact on quality of life. A new door opened and he discovered his passion for the fabric arts creating stunning duvets, quilts, shams, pillows and clothing. Our dogs Molly and Mikey are very attached to us and are important members of our family. Molly is a gorgeous and loving red and white Irish Setter. Charlie and I both suffer from health issues and when we are sick or in severe pain Molly “Nightingale” senses this immediately and moves her body close enough to soothe Charlie, puts her head on his chest or as you can see in this moving photograph, Molly has placed her head looking upward to soothe the painful symptoms of this neurogenerative disease. She is the best medicine with her soft fur and infinite love and devotion. She never strays from Charlie when he has a very difficult day dealing with the symptoms of PD and the side effects of the medications. Our precious Molly will spend as many hours as needed lying quietly to provide the best therapy available for anyone in pain, her unconditional love and soothing spirit. To get the full impact of this touching photograph, please view it in the larger format.

Molly Nightingale

Julie Marks

Los Angeles, United States

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Please view the image paired with this photograph of our dog Molly soothing her Daddy who is suffering from the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. She
is the best medicine, a loving healer reflected in this very poignant photograph.

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