I often pursue creative outlets of all kinds to keep my mind off of the chronic pain I deal with each day. I have a background in Art Education and while I can not teach in a traditional sense anymore, I find myself teaching myself new art techniques, new hobbies, new ways of writing, learning how to sew…the list goes on and on! I started to learn how to play guitar during the pandemic and then a few months later I picked up the ukulele. Learning how to play has been so exciting and I can’t believe I didn’t try something musical in the past. I found it too intimidating so I never dreamed I’d actually be playing an instrument, let alone two…and now writing music.

I always try to make the best out of poor situations. I try not to feel sorry for myself. I try not to let my auto immune disease and chronic pain conditions rule my life and take up too much mental space. I need room in there for art!

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

We are stronger than we think! And a positive attitude will go a long way. I know some days that is hard, but negativity just causes stress which for me, causes more intense pain. So I try to stay calm, employ relaxation techniques, and stay mindful. I take it one day at a time. And hopefully that day can be filled with art, writing, and music.

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