It is RIGHT here that I am sharing my healing journey with you! What does this have to do with painting furniture? Nothing….and EVERYTHING! Let me explain….
I’ve spent the last 8 years painting my way through my every day! I made the choice to enter and expose my creative works to the social media arena about 5 years ago….sharing my projects, my successes, my failures, my family, my struggles, my growth, my strengths and my weaknesses. I am most comfortable being REAL and honest….. and I seem to attract social media followers who really appreciate this. So naturally…..with all this honesty and transparency flying around…..a real bond began to form between me and my FB/IG friends. And it was all unicorns and glitter and cotton candy kinda fun……until October of 2017.
I crashed. My body just quit. It took me down in a day……and I stayed there for weeks. I lost track of time…..hours and days just passed me by…..I don’t even remember having any REAL thoughts of my own during this time. And I certainly had NO thoughts of my social media followers. I just disappeared.
After much testing I received this diagnosis:
Autoimmune: a disease in which the body’s immune system attacks healthy cells.
Hepatitis: inflammation of the liver
In my own words……my immune system decided it didn’t like my liver. It set up a silent attack years ago….and has done mass amounts of destruction unbeknownst to me.
Is it curable? No (well…the docs say NO….my GOD may choose otherwise). Is it treatable? Yes. Can it be repaired? Possibly. The treatment options are limited…..and SLOW…..and force you to choose the lesser of two evils. Since treatment comes with its own issues that also breakdown the body…..I made a HUGE decision!
I have embraced a “food healing journey” to assist modern medicine in treating my disease! So what does this have to do with painting furniture???? Remember where I left off above talking about my social media family? And how I just disappeared on them?
On December 9th I felt led to hold a Facebook Live video (you can see it here if you haven’t already) sharing an emotional explanation of where I’d been. For weeks I had avoided messages, and emails and phone calls asking how I was. I really felt I owed everyone an answer…and a thank you for their concern and prayers. So without any thought or practice…..I just set up my camera and went for it! I reached out to my furniture painting family….and the response was shocking!
A whole new world was revealed to me! A world right in front of me! I had literally hundreds of women in my furniture painting family suffering from autoimmune disease/liver disease/chronic disease…..and I had NO IDEA!!! I was shocked at the emails and private messages coming to me daily! People sending words of encouragement and SO many seeking comfort and information! I knew…..right then…..this was something I needed to do publicly. I needed to be real and honest about this process…just as I had been with my furniture painting business.
So here we are!
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