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“The act of creating can be a great form for meditation and a vehicle to process and communicate the complicated emotions of chronic illness. The support, education, and true friendship I have received from the AI community is immeasurable.”

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Mon, 12/12/2016 - 1:32am


“I use art to express myself and as my stress relief - visually representing the pain, happiness, fear of my moment. It allows me to escape if I need or to portray experiences that I might not otherwise be able to express. In short, it is my sanity.”

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Mon, 12/12/2016 - 1:19am

Strength Tree Mandala

 “This Strength Tree mandala was inspired by the thought that we are super strong at our core (our trunk) despite our physical & emotional pain, loss of mobility and body changes (the gnarled roots and twisted branches). My arthritis friends are the strongest people I know. Creative self-expression helps me soothe the aching parts of my soul. Creating mandalas and other art gives me the power to share deep meaning with others and hopefully, resonate with their own heart and soul.”


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Wed, 11/30/2016 - 4:33am
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