Type of Warrior: Neuro
My name is Jess, I’m 32 and I create greeting cards and other little works of art I’m inspired to. In 2016 I developed a rare migraine condition called New Daily Persistent Headaches (NDPH) which is a headache/migraine that starts out of the blue one day and never goes away, it’s there when you wake up, when you are asleep…always. Unfortunately I didn’t have a diagnosis at the beginning so I just lived in a dark cave with audiobooks as my best friends. No reading, no screens, rarely conversations as everything was just too loud. Finally after about 4 years, and about 1500 audiobooks 🙄, and after trying every treatment/diet/doctor I could think of to solve my mystery, the 4th neurologist was finally able to diagnose me!! Now with medication the pain levels are low enough to function most days! I can look at screens, read books, watch tv, create art and live a little! All in moderation of course and if the the weather pressure shifts all bets are off. That’s why you’ll see a little less of me in spring and fall 🙃. Also, just living with chronic pain for so long I’ve learned to function through pretty high pain levels, so that’s helped a lot as well and I’m sure many fellow spoonies can relate.
Because of this, I was able to turn my love of art and my love of making greeting cards for friends and family into a small business💙. It’s been such a game changer to have art in my life again and to be able to share it with others. And for the first time in over 5 years being able to bring in a bit of income really makes me feel useful again🥰.
So whether you’re a fellow artist, a fellow chronically ill warrior like me, a sponsor, or simply a beautiful fan of art and life, I hope you’ll say hi.
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