I want to tell you I'm happy you are sharing people's stories.
Mine is one of mental illness. I suffer from bipolar and a few more challenges. Painting has helped me get through most of it. When I was 36, I got arthritis through most of my body. It was painful and still is.
My art that I create makes me forget the problems-- so every day I create not only to relieive my pain but to bring hope. I paint wonderful colorful art . It saves me from my self worriying and lessens lifes hardships. Even in the hospital I keep painting most times,I hope to write a book on it some time.
Love Gina from Washington state