Creating Your Mental Happy Place for those with cancer

One of my go to mental strategies for coping with a chronic physical condition is crafting my mental happy place. The most important self-care tip I can give you is: doing your best to remain as positive as you can. This doesn’t mean faking it every day, this means doing the best you can onContinue reading “Creating Your Mental Happy Place for those with cancer”

What??!? I have Cancer??!!?

I still remember that evening I went in for an MRI to investigate weird nerve pain and was walked over to the emergency room for further testing. The minute the radiologist said, “We found something and called in the neurosurgeon” I knew that I had cancer. After many tests and more scans, I was diagnosedContinue reading “What??!? I have Cancer??!!?”

Get Creative with Nausea! Self Care When You aren’t Feeling Well.

I had a “touch” of stomach flu or something last week and being nauseous reminded me of my chemo treatments and stem cell transplant. I found that getting my mind on something else was the key to “forgetting” I was sick. The BEST way I know how to get my mind on something interesting isContinue reading “Get Creative with Nausea! Self Care When You aren’t Feeling Well.”

How Sneeky the “I Should’s” Can Creep into Your Life

So here I am with my art therapy professor Janice Havlena when I graduated in 2013. I remember thinking, “Great, now I get to go find an art as therapy job and live my dream.” You know, because that’s what a college graduate does – get a job in the field you went to schoolContinue reading “How Sneeky the “I Should’s” Can Creep into Your Life”

Art Journal – in beads

The caption on the watch face reads “look within” to remind myself I have the answers inside if I just quite my mind. This is an art journal page that I can wear and be transparent to those who see it. My message is to look within, find your authentic creative self, and sing withContinue reading “Art Journal – in beads”