Although I deal with chronic pain, I often pursue creative outlets of all kinds to keep my mind busy. My background is in Art Education and while I cannot teach in a traditional sense anymore, I find myself teaching myself new things and also sharing what I learn with others. I started to learn how to play guitar during the COVID-19 pandemic summer of 2020 and then a few months later I picked up the ukulele. Learning how to play the piano is now something I greatly enjoy as well. Music has been so therapeutic, and I can’t believe I didn’t try something musical in the past. It seemed too intimidating, so I never dreamed I’d actually be playing an instrument, let alone three…and now composing music.

My medical conditions have me sidelined from a lot of activities though. There are so many places I can’t go because I don’t have the energy, or activities I can’t do because of the pain. My autoimmune disease also has a very strong grip on me. A fulfilling life can still be lived, but it’s a constant work in progress. Wellness looks differently for everyone, and I hope that others can extend some grace and understanding to people who are battling invisible and visible disabilities. Feeling constantly judged can be so difficult.

I have self-published a book of instrumental ukulele music, Ukulele Expressions – Illustrated Ukulele Fingerstyle Etudes for the Picking Hand. I’ve also self-published a book of my poems combined with my ink sketches about my medical conditions, Ink Sketches for Wellness – Poems on My Life with Invisible Disabilities. Continuing to write and compose music is an important passion in my life and I look forward to finding more ways that I can help others through art and music.

I have a favorite quote I like to keep in my mind… “Often, what seems like an impossible climb is just a staircase without the steps drawn in.” Robert Brault

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