#postyourpill Thank you to @DrAlexGeorge for starting the #postyourpill campaign to help fight the stigma surrounding medication.

This was the last painting that I was able to paint several years ago as I have slowly lost function in my hands. I wish I could say that the pills could bring back my painting ability, but I'll need surgery for that. And there's still no promise I will get that function back, but hopefully I will have less pain.

My pills help me with chronic fatigue, severe pain, chronic migraines, muscle spasms, and severe depression that comes with the package of chronic illness. Without these I would not be able to get out of bed, chew without pain, use my hands to perform a limited amount of my daily functions.

Believe me when I say I’m beyond holistic measures as I've tried everything possible to avoid jaw surgery when my jaw moved out of place, thoracic outlet syndrome surgery and now I need another surgery, maybe two. So I’m grateful for these medications. I’m grateful for much needed surgeries and nerve ablations where holistic measures have failed.

When people are so quick to judge, and assume that someone taking medications hasn’t considered a different option, I wish they could know what a person has already suffered though and tried. The chronically ill are desperate for relief, and would love a natural healthy kale smoothie to solve their woas. We are trying. We are researching. We have done acupuncture, meditation, massages, chiropractor, manifested and visited the top of Himalayan mountains and sought out sacred monks. Our super power is to remain optimistic and always searching for something better. For me, it’s surgery, accommodations, medications and hope.

I'm optimistic that one day I’ll paint again. Even if it takes accommodations, or months to finish one painting 5 minutes at a time, for art feeds my soul and I’m determined to win it back! 🎨❤️

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