After finishing this little study (6"x8") I felt like celebrating!
I didn't know how my brain tumor was going to affect my painting and the work that I had been doing up until this little study was questionable.
My tumor was benign and I expect a complete recovery. The complications beginning three weeks after the initial surgery made me very ill and what started out to be a surreal episode in my life turned into a very real and life threatening hell. Doctors have told me it should take between 6 – 12 months (maybe 24) after my second brain surgery before I feel 'normal' again. It's been 5 months. With the completion of this painting I feel like I'm ready to get back to my life and accept my new 'normal' ....finding enjoyment in everything I do - headaches & fatigue be damned.
When I asked about the effect all of this would have on my painting I was told none. Not that it would have changed anything but I don't think they really knew what would happen. My tumor was on the left side of my brain, the creative/art side is on the right. So it was a surprise when I went to pick up a paint brush and discovered that I didn't know what to do with it.
As I work through my recovery, I would like to share my progress. My ongoing journey as an artist has shifted but I'm going to continue to paint, show my work where I can and let the journey continue.
It All Began When.....
I was diagnosed with a Meningioma on my 35th wedding anniversary. We were supposed to be on our way to Vegas for 3 nights and then across northern Arizona for some painting, sketching, fishing and photography. It was shocking to say the least because I had one small episode where my words came out garbled for less than a minute and then 20 minutes later a very unusual headache. I had suspected it was just stress but it was so unusual I called my doctor. I had one appointment with a nurse practitioner, one MRI and then one phone call an hour later from my doctor. Within a week my life had changed. My doctor stressed that she suspected a benign brain tumor but wanted me to see a neurosurgeon asap.
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