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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Artists and Disabilities

I usually don't post about personal issues, but I wanted to reach out to others like me out there.

I wanted to know how you deal with the drive to be creative and the obstacles thrown in your way by your disability.

I am dealing with Degenerative Disc Disease, Osteoarthritis of the neck and spine, stenosis, spondylosis of the spine, osteoarthritis of the knees. Severe tendonitis in my arms from using a cane every day. I can hardly work at my desk since looking down at my desk causes terrible migraines and intense burning in my neck and sharp pains to shoot thru my face from my neck. Not to mention the torso pain caused by trying to use my hands!😧 from my thoracic osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease, etc. Plus my Dr's think my epidurals and pain killers are what's causing my adrenal insufficiency, which causes severe fatigue, nausea, headaches, etc. After taking a short 10 minute walk I have to lay down for an hour to recuperate.

Here is a picture of me having to lay down in bed and work because the pain in my neck gets so bad I cannot sit in a chair and look down at my hands at all, I have to lay on my side keep my neck straight and bring my hands up to eye level. ;^(

How do you use your creativity to take your mind off the pain, and how do you manage to be creative?

Update:
Search on net found, http://niadart.org/