Good morning blogging friends. I am sorry I don't have any artwork or tutorials for you today. I tend not to share a whole lot of personal stuff on my blog but you are all such wonderful and loyal followers and I just feel that I need to share this.
A few of my close friends know that I have RA but I tend not to talk about it or dwell on it much because it is something that over the past few years is just a part or my life and something I have had to learn to deal with. I started noticing changes a while ago and things have increasingly become worse. When I was first diagnosed with RA about 4 1/2 years ago it was just in my left shoulder and arm and now it is throughout my body. My biggest fear was getting it in my hands. I use my hands all the time to create and my hands are my job. Unfortunately this past year it has moved into my hands. So I have been dealing with all of the physical changes over the past few years. I have good days and bad days but recently I have been having a lot of issues and a lot of pain. I have been seeing my doctor and he told me that yes a lot of the pain is from the RA but he also thinks that I have to much on my plate and a lot of the pain is being brought on by stress. Also some of my numbers from tests and blood pressure are really high, which isn't good.
Sometimes things happen in our lives that really force us to take a look at the big picture and sometimes that forces us to make some tough choices. Following the advice of my doctor I am making some changes in my life and trying to lessen the stress level. I have made the decision to step back from some things in my creative life. Please don't worry I will still be here creating--my creativity is SO important to me!! But I am having to step back from somethings to lighten the load. My RA is nothing that can't be handled but like I said it is forcing me to make some tough choices.
Thank you for letting me share and thank you for stopping by today.
Hugs & Smiles,