Jul 28, 2015

Creative Tuesday | Old Book Journaling

I've been having fun experimenting in my vintage ledger with various mixed media techniques, but couldn't really call a particular piece "finished" without adding words or journaling of some sort.

My ledger is a book of experiments and techniques ... not really a scrapbook or journal ... and I was finding it hard to put words down on the page.

I've discovered a fun compromise by cutting out words and phrases from old books and piecing them together to form my "journaling".

I have a small collection of old books that I've picked up ... mainly for their covers.

When the cat's got my tongue and I want to finish up a page, I'll use the words and phrases from a book to get the job done.

The words may seem like nonsense to others, but to me they hold  secret meaning and help finish my page.

Have a creative day!

Jul 26, 2015

Happy All or Nothing Day | Mesothelioma Awareness

Not only is today my dear husband's birthday, it is also All or Nothing Day!  I was introduced to this special holiday by Heather Von St. James, an incredible woman who has survived mesothelioma.  If you haven't heard her story, you must read about it here.  All or Nothing Day celebrates living with passion and drive despite the cards you may have been dealt in life.  This day is special to Heather and if you read her story you'll see why.

Did you know mesothelioma is a preventable cancer?  Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos.    Yet, even though we know this to be true, asbestos is still used today.  It's use is not banned.  On the average, those diagnosed with mesothelioma survive 10 months, and most perish within 15 months.  Heather is a nine-year survivor.  How did Heather contract mesothelioma at age 36?  Her dad was a construction worker and as a young child she would wear his dust-covered jacket outside.  In this simple way, she became exposed.  It is Heather's mission to bring asbestos and mesothelioma awareness to the world.  She is determined to put an end to this preventable disease and to help those who have been diagnosed.

As a multiple sclerosis patient, All or Nothing Day has special meaning to me.  The diagnosis of a chronic and potentially disabling disease can be devastating.  When I was diagnosed in 2009 I saw my life and the person that I was come crashing down.  "How will I take care of my children?  Will I be able to help my family as I've always wanted?  Will I still be able to work?  Take care of the house?  Will I be able to be helpful to my friends? Garden? Enjoy life?  Scrapbook?"

Getting help for my emotional state was KEY to helping me live my life productively despite my MS.  I found an excellent psychiatrist through a recommendation from another doctor.  Every day, I thank this psychiatrist, as living my life as I do now would not have been possible without her.  There are many components to living life well, but my psychiatrist was a major force in being able to do so.  

If you are reading this and struggling to live life well, I urge you to see a good doctor as I did.  Get a good recommendation and if the first MD doesn't work well for you, try another.  

Emotional care is just as important as physical care.  If you are suffering, make this day, All or Nothing Day, the day you start getting better by getting help.

Happy All or Nothing Day!

Jul 10, 2015

All or Nothing ...

Did you know July 26th is All or Nothing Day?  I  recently received an invitation from Heather Von St. James to participate in an All or Nothing Day (AOND) celebration.

Heather is a 10-year surviver of mesothelioma.  After being diagnosed, she was given only 15 months to live.

Her story is one of hope and living each day with a positive outlook despite what life has handed you.

Heather is living her life "All or Nothing".  And on July 26th we will celebrate that All or Nothing attitude.  Come back to my blog on the 26th and I will share with you how I've tried to live my life positively.  Are you celebrating AOND?  Is there something you'd like to do, but have been too afraid?  Perhaps on 7-26 you should Seize the Day and go for it!

And be sure to stop by Heather's blog and read her most inspiring story.