“Start your morning with a smile. You do not need any reason to smile. Just smile to yourself first. If you cannot smile, force yourself to smile anytime of the day. It wil boost your immune system and radiates happiness around you.” John B Bejo
Besides, you are so beautiful when you smile and it's so contagious. Don't be surprise others will be smiling back at you.
A painting for Fibromyalgia Awareness day May 12, I call the artwork "The Cumbersome Weight of Fibromyalgia."
I did a painting for Fibromyalgia Awareness day May 12, I call the artwork "The Cumbersome Weight of Fibromyalgia." The painting done on a 16x20 stretch canvas using watercolors, gel pens and glitter.I know first-hand all about fibromyalgia, I been dealing with it for years. I drew a woman because majority who has it are woman (80-90%). It also occurs in men and children of all ethnic backgrounds. Over 12 million Americans have fibromyalgia the most common chronic pain condition. Fibromyalgia can strain marriages and relationships too because of the chronic pain, fatigue, and frustration of the disease. Loneliness, anxiety, and depression are factors in the equation when dealing with this disease. I portray the woman sitting down, alone facing the big cloud of fibromyalgia over her. Fibromyalgia has been around on record since early 1800's. It was termed rheumatism. It was not until 1976, finally called fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia defined as “a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, tenderness and sensitivities.’ Fibromyalgia can make someone look normal on the outside but inside they are a rack of over stimulus nerves and pain. It can be difficult to diagnose because there are no lab tests to really pinpoint the disease. Here are some test done by rheumatologist; tender points (18 tender points), WPI (widespread pain index 19 areas of the body), SS (symptom severity scale), blood test, MRI, CT scans, sleep studies, psychological exams, allergies tests, plus signs and symptoms (lasting more than 3 months) are all ways that helps diagnosis if you have it or not. Only problem it takes time, effort, and money … on the average it takes about 5 years to complete to get a correct diagnosis. Inside the bubble on the painting, I wrote in all the symptoms that fibromyalgia carries. (Example: insomnia, IBS, chronic pain, muscle twitches, RLS, TMJ, stiff muscles, brain fog, fatigue, persistent headaches, mitral valve prolapse, sensitivities to foods, temperature, noise, energy and weather, etc...) I wanted to show pain in the painting, so I did research and technology using special cameras shows pain in different colors bright blues, greens, and reds at the site of the pain. The sharp edges shown in my painting represents the pain that fibromyalgia causes. The webs of glitter I added to the artwork… is to show the nerves and muscles all inflamed. At present, there is no cure for fibromyalgia. Please give a thumb up for all Fibromyalgia sufferers. They so need the support. Thank you for viewing my artwork.
Research: National Fibromyalgia Association, National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association, International Support Fibromyalgia Network, American College of Rheumatology and American Chronic Pain Association.
Going through tough times? Anxiety and stress pulling you down? I been there too many times. I was so stress out; I didn’t know where to turn to find inner peace. Finally, I was at my ends, I grab the only place to give me that peace I so desperately needed… my holy bible. I had to find fast answers on how to calm my jumpy nerves before they made me go crazy or worst sick. Here are some bible verses I listed below I memorized when tension and stress is at an all-time HIGH in my life. I hope they help you as much as they helped me.
Do you have any bible verses that gets you through stressful times? Please share. Sending peace, hope and love dear friends your way.
How many times you needed a bible verse ASAP to find instant relief. I hope these helps.
Flowers have such enthusiasm for life. We can learn so much from them. We need to build that same kind of enthusiasm that believes there is always something new and better ahead. It is creative faith that never runs out. Just believing by “Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forth into those things which are before …Philippians 3:13 I hope you are full of enthusiasm today by being renewed daily in the spirit of the mind. Remember As a man thinketh he becomes.” Peace, hope and love dear friends.
Worrying, anxiety and stress can trigger illnesses if you do not control these emotions. The word worry comes from an Old Anglo Saxon word called “wyrgan” that means to choke or strangle. If you really think about it worrying really fits its name. Worry chokes our hope, happiness and drains us. God has put in our bodies a mechanism that prepares us for “fight or flight” reaction when danger threatens. If we keep thinking about problem and harboring the issue that same chemical can cause our brains to release adrenaline and other chemicals into our system. When that happens, it increases our blood pressure, raises sugar levels and makes our pulse race. Making our body having a harder time to slow down when we keep replaying the problem repeatedly in our minds. This can lead to your body yelling DANGER causing high blood pressure, heart attacks, digestive disorders, headaches, back pain, neck pain, depression just naming a few. It’s not until we can calm down and just breathe to bring ourselves back to positive thinking, letting go and relaxing ourselves. God talks about the danger of worrying in Philippians 4:6, Matthew 6:25-34 and Proverbs 12:25. So how do we deal with worry, anxiety and stress? John chapter 14 shows how to deal with worry and stress by trusting God to get you through this time. Need an example read of God’s help in Hebrews 4:15. How many times does God say in the bible DON’T BE AFRAID? Answer: 365 times. That is a daily 365 days a year reminder from God to live without worrying or fear. Dr. Dean Ornish in his book Reversing Heart Disease nails it when he said, “Never underestimate the power of a positive attitude.” Stop worrying and let it go. Peace, hope and love dear friends.
Many of us are feeling confused, anxious, stressed and worried dealing with this present crisis. Have you looked at the other side of the coin and ask yourself, “what good can come out of this?” Don’t get me wrong the whole thing has been frightening and very stressful for all of us, our family/friends and our community and even our own nerves. When disaster strikes, there is always hope, if we keep calm and see the good. Here are some positive good to come from this experience.
Author,Artist and Illustrator. Self Published author of eBooks and videos. Plus I do artwork on assignments and teach classes.