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Several years ago I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is difficult to diagnose and even more difficult to treat. This disorder resulted in the loss of the ability to do many things that I once considered part of my identity. I had been doing triathlons, and suddenly some days I could barely walk around the block because of the pain. Other times I was too worn out to even try. My once excellent memory turned into “fibro fog,” losing items, forgetting what I was doing while I was doing it, I became unable to find words midsentence and feared that I would be perceived as stupid.

Because there is no one way to treat fibro, it’s a bit of a science experiment to find what works for each person. Common treatments include a variety of prescriptions and side effects, supplements, therapy – both physical and cognitive, as well as other alterative/non-western treatments. There is no way to know when there will be a fibro flare, or when it will go away – or if it will go away, or if it will come back. This resulted in a great change in how I saw my life. I felt unsure, a loss of hope, a loss of the way I saw my future. The time I once spent running, biking and swimming was now spent in other ways, including creating art as a way to express my frustration with these changes. This work is the result.

doll parts, wire, rocks, tulle
Dreams Deferred
wood, wool, cotton thread, metal
Doll arm, twig, cloth, pills
Brain Fog II
Encaustic, silk, thread, words cut from books
Brain Fog I
Encaustic, thread