Returning to Virginia, she graduated in 1980 from Colonial Heights High School. Later that year, she married her high school sweetheart, Don. In 1985 she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Ms. Gibson refused to let MS define her. She began her journey by staying positive and keeping humor strong in her heart. Art became her outlet. She earned a Certificate in Fine Art from John Tyler Community College in 1994 and began teaching art to adults and children.
In 1995, the John Randolph Medical Center in Hopewell, Virginia, commissioned her to do a painting of the historic Flowerdew Hundred Windmill, and later, of Shirley Plantation. In 1999, she was honored to create the drawings for A Chookamook Came Over for Breakfast in the Progress-Index newspaper … when the world got its first look at a Chookamook.
Although she is now bedbound, Ms. Gibson still teaches on a limited basis. She feels truly blessed for a wonderful husband and family, including her two miniature long hair dachshunds, Hansel and Gretel.
A Chookamook Came Over for Breakfast
written by Cliff Davis
illustrated by Heidi Gibson
Lizzie Lewis hates breakfast. She’d rather eat candy and other sweet treats. But then Mama brings home a new box of cereal for Lizzie to try—magic cereal. With one bite, she finds herself shrunk down to a few inches high and entering the world of Breakfastland, where mountains are made of marshmallows and palaces are made of pancakes. There she meets the Chookamooks, tiny mouse-like creatures that help make breakfasts for the whole world. Can the Chookamooks teach Lizzie that breakfast isn’t so bad? Can she help save Breakfastland from the evil Dr. Darktooth?
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