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Happy Anniversary, MS….

Its been 10 years to the day…. not 10 years since I developed MS but 10 years since my diagnosis.  I can’t remember what I had for dinner last night but I can remember the phone call and all that led up to the diagnosis…  I’ve written about all this before.

I’ve been thinking about what I would like to post today (besides vowing to post more).   I don’t think I want to write about too many details of the diagnosis.  But I would like to recognize my blessings and offer encouragement.

I know that a lot of people experience a lot of things/illnesses that shape their lives and by no means do I want to seem like an ‘everything is terrible’ blog post writer.    But things have changed a lot for me.   I am no where near the person I thought I’d be at this point in my life.  I grieve that.  It makes me mad.   The fatigue issue and the walking issue really get me.  I’m on a cane now,  I wear an AFO.    I envy those that can wear those awesome high heels.

So I struggle with the discrepancy with where I am and where I thought I would be.  I struggle with accepting God’s will for my life.   Am I telling Him that His design for my life is just not good enough?  I hope not.   I pray for His will to be shown for my life and when it is/was, I was surprised.   I read an article the other day that I want to quote… the article appeared in HomeLife and is not about illness but I love this quote:

“Before, I prayed, ‘if the Lord wills’ such and such will happen.  After, I realized that I didn’t mean it when I said it.  I said, ‘If the Lord wills,’ but I never honestly thought that my plans for life wouldn’t be His plans.  I was smitten with the illusion of control.  If I just worked hard enough, prayed hard enough, lived right enough, things would work out.  Now when I say, ‘Tomorrow I will do this or that,’  I don’t have any illusion that it will happen… unless the Lord wills.” (Ron L. Deal)

I would love to take MS and toss it over a cliff.  But I can’t.   When I take the time to look past myself and all the things that I think I need and want,  I can see how much God has blessed me.   Especially with my husband.   He has been my staunch advocate.  He does more reading on MS that I have ever done.    He is continually thinking of ways to make my life easier.   He loves me.   And I love him.    Which brings me to my kids, who have really seen too much.   Our son was 9 and our daughter was 12 when I was diagnosed.    They are so used to all of this…   I was working full time when I was diagnosed and taking them to school.    One blessing I can name off the top of my head is the fact I got to be at home with them during the last years of their schooling.    And I got to see them grow into the wonderful people they are.

Have another good day!!

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Gelatos/Gel Sticks

New for  me:   gelatos and/or gel sticks.      I found a pack of four gelatos at Hobby Lobby for about 9 dollars and then I ordered a pack of gel sticks on Amazon for 11.  I love Amazon.  You can find anything.  Nearly anything.  On Amazon.

Here are a couple of my first attempts:

Of course,  the examples include lettering.

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And one other.  This quote comes from Maya Angelou.   This ‘not driving’ thing is getting on my nerves,  so I have to remember this.  I might re-do this one,  I love this quote and it needs to be on  a cleaner background with darker lettering:

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If its not one thing, its another.

Sometimes I feel like I’m spinning my wheels.  Like I just can’t get anywhere…. even if I’m not sure where that ‘anywhere’ is.  I know I want to go somewhere in life but seem to stand in one spot.

I’ve been wanting to update my blog regularly and while I’ve done it more recently,  I want to do it consistently.

Life doesn’t work that way.   I have MS.  MS limits my walking (I walk with a cane.) ,  it also limits my energy supply.  I’m fatigued a lot.  My spirit is still there and intact but my body tends to want to do its own thing.

So….   I had a ‘faint’ and then a seizure a couple of weeks ago.   Now I can’t drive for  6 months (state law).  Sigh.   This leads me to say ‘if its not one thing.  its another.  its always something.’   …  however,  I wouldn’t want to pass out at the wheel and hurt someone so no driving for me!

Here’s a few pictures of things I’ve worked on.

This is a wedding gift for a young couple:

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More water soluable graphite:

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A very sad looking woman,  she’s part of a drawing thats supposed to be of three ladies:

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Art Every Day Month – 2013 – Day 23

It was the Saturday before Thanksgiving .. and all through the house…. not a creature was stirring ,  just sitting on the couch….  I’m such a poet.

I’ve heard people talk of the ‘K.I.S.S.’ principle, where KISS means to ‘keep it simple, stupid’.   Nothing gets simpler than the ‘ABC’s.

Note:  I am working on a painting that I’ll share soon.

More lettering:

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Art Every Day Month – 2013 – Day 8

Good Morning, World!

As I’ve mentioned, I’m loving Art Every Day Month.   I enjoy looking at all the cool art and blogs that artists share.  Today I have more flowers and a card.

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My dad’s 80th birthday was yesterday.   Here’s a picture of his birthday card.Card1

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Art Every Day Month – AEDM – Day 16

Here are pictures of a painting I’ve been working on this last week.

Its all very simple.

Its on a 16 X 20 inch canvas.   I cut up scrapbooking papers into 2 X 2 inch squares and glued them to the canvas…. which by the way must not be a true 16 X 20 inch canvas ’cause I had more square than canvas.   But anyway.

Then I did the tree with black acrylic paint plus black Pitt pen.

THEN  I glued buttons to the canvas.   My son had the idea to make them ‘dangle’ from the branches as opposed to just gluing them on the branches.    He’s so cool.

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Art Every Day Month – AEDM – Day 3

Happy Saturday, World!

Day 3 of the AEDM project.   Its gonna be a great day!  Lots of laundry to do and hopefully lots of art (or maybe a little, hope a lot).   Laundry is always there but I’m gonna try to make art time today.   There is always a lot of whatever to accomplish but not always a lot of energy for me.    Some days you have to toss all the obligations and do what you want or else you will never get to do it… especially when you have limited energy reserves.

Here are a few more pages from the sketchbook:

 

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