FOR THE LOVE OF DOING IT!
by Libby Robertson
Oh, I have loved art since I was a child, but I didn't get to start truly exploring my love of art until after I was diagnosed with MS. My MS progressed fast and furious within two weeks after having my second child. By Mother's Day of 2006 I walked (barely) with a very unsteady gate, I was dropping things 7 or 8 times a day, having trouble judging how hard to grab something or how hard to hold on to something. My ability to write, hold a fork, or crochet..., anything that involved fine motor skills..., was gone or at best awkward.
I was diagnosed quickly and admitted into the hospital within that day and aggressive steroid treatments along with physical therapy and occupational therapy began as well. My doctor looked upon my six year old daughter and newborn son and told me he would treat my case aggressively and that it was going to require work on my part. I told him I would do whatever it took because I had kids to take care of. I'd also had a discussion with God telling him that I didn't understand this new development in my life..., that I knew he was there..., that he would use me in this situation and whatever he wanted from me..., however he wants to use me in this..., I'm all in.
I've never been afraid of hard work and now was no time for slacking.
I worked hard to learn how to write again, how to type again, crochet, draw, paint, snap snaps on baby clothes, walk, carry my baby, drive my car etc.
Now, eight years later, I feel like I've been through the ringer with depression. Art is one of the few outlets I enjoy... I know I will never be a Master Watercolorist but that doesn't mean I will stop creating. I love painting, crocheting, decoupage, making jewelry..., you name it.
I continue to explore holistic options for my MS as I'm sure mainstream meds are killing me...
Peace Out & God Bless You all on your Journey with MS and Art! :)