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Posted By : kgardner - 9/4/2017 10:12 AM
Post approved by Founder & CEO Peter Waite:
Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/artandchronicillness

My name is Kayla Gardner. I am a graduate student at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College studying art therapy. The main goal of this online survey is to learn more about people with chronic illnesses, and what coping styles they believe is most effective in dealing with their illness journey, and daily negative symptoms. The hope is that this information will inform myself and other art therapists who work with this population to assess treatment goals. Personally, I have had Type 1 Diabetes for over 20 years now, art therapy and making art has been one of my coping strategies, and I want to learn more about how others cope.

Thanks in advance for your participation!

Posted By : ppm guy - 9/4/2017 8:30 PM
Hi Kgardner,
I am 67.. I have spent the 2nd half of my life battling serious, and deadly disease. The 1st half I spent battling drug and alcohol issues..

I quit drugs and alcohol in 92, when diagnosed with hep c. I spent 20 years treating hep c. Treatment was torturous. But the disease was deadly, which motivated me to learn everything about liver disease, and when I could expect the next " best" treatment. I got involved in online groups, and lesrned a lot. The support of groups such as this, kept me coming back. I cured hep c in 2012, and I'm still here to lend a ear.
Learning and gaining knowledge is powerful, and at times frustrating.

The last 10 years I have dealt with heart disease. I now have pacemaker and doing well. I had surgery for spinal stenosis, and got back a lot of range. Recently I was diagnosed with cancer, and am waiting for a date with the surgeon.

Sometimes I feel like deer in the headlights, but I keep going toward the light.. and I never give up, never!!

Posted By : ppm guy - 9/4/2017 9:02 PM
Darn!! I'm using my phone and sent this before I was done

I wanted to comment about coping.. After each of my diagnoses, I went thru a range of emotions. When I got to acceptance, my body and mind were ready to take on the challenge.

I can see where your art therapy could help. My father started painting, when in a nursing facility. He couldn't wait to show me what he made. Best of luck with your survey

Posted By : kgardner - 9/5/2017 12:13 PM
Thank you ppm guy for sharing your story! Art therapy can be a powerful thing, and I hope this survey brings awareness! I'm glad you found positive coping strategies to deal with those difficult diagnosis, your determination is inspiring! Thanks again!

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