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Manitowoc, Wi., United States

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It has been a long, hard painful 3 years but I am glad to be back blogging and working. Long story short - 2010 started living the creative life full time - Nov. 2011 mystery pains started in my legs- after many Dr.s and tests came the MRI in May 2012 - which sent me to the spine Dr. in June 2012 diagnosis - bulging disc between 2 thinning discs - off to the pain the pain clinic where the Dr. notices much more is going on - sends me to the Rhuematologist - and the July 2012 diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. Now comes the shots in the spine and medication trials for what works, what doesn't and what reacted horribly with the other meds I was on. Hard couple of years but I made it and then after we get everything seemingly on an even keel - My feet and ankles swell and are incredibly painful to where some days I couldn't walk - the pain Dr. once again knows there is something more going on and back to the Rhuematologist - and in July 2014 - came the diagnosis of Rheumatoid arthritis. More meds to try - more pain - and still on that trial run I have an MRI on my back to see if anything has changed so maybe I can stop the spine shots - and yup degenerative disc disease. It seems that in 2012 the warranty on my body has started to give out hahaha and I am not even 50 yet!!! But I know one thing for sure - that NONE of these diseases can take away my God given gifts and talents! A long time ago, shortly after I was blessed with fibro - I made a promise to show up to my life no matter how painful it was - even if it is for 15 min. on the hard days - I was going to show up to my life and do something creative. So I do everyday and I love it!!
So here is to new beginnings - to starting the creative life over and living the dream. I am excited for this journey and am glad you are here with me!!

This is dedicated to all artists and crafters with diseases and chronic pain who work through it and persevere!