Many of you have met my beloved friend, Karly Wahlin, through her beautiful music, blog, poetry, and my stories about her. I met Karly several years ago when I was invited to produce a CD of her soulful classical piano music. Karly has lived with a condition called Rett Syndrome for all of her 26 years. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Rett, it combines symptoms from epilepsy, cerebral palsy, autism, Parkinson’s Disease, and acute anxiety. She is also legally blind. Because she is non-verbal, Karly communicates through typing on a keyboard while someone stabilizes her hand. She struggles mightily just to breathe and needs assistance to walk. While her body is in almost constant revolt, her mind is clear, bright, brilliant, and perfectly functional.
Lately Karly hasn’t been feeling well. Friends and family have been eager to offer support to this wise and lovely person. But how? Karly recently gave us a clue: she asked her mom to let people know that flowers help her feel better.
Almost immediately the vision for Karly’s Garden sprang to life. This will be a haven for Karly and her family to rest in beauty — with a pergola, birdbath, flowers, and plants. Linder’s Nursery is lending support to the project.
I have been constantly humbled and inspired by how much Karly contributes to this world. In spite of her almost overwhelming challenges, she has touched so many lives in unforgettable ways. Perhaps she’ll touch yours and you’ll be inspired to donate to her garden refuge.
To read more about Karly’s garden andmake a donation:
To visit Karly’s incredible blog:
Thank you, Karly, for your generosity, wisdom, and beauty.
I am honored to call you friend, fellow artist, and teacher.