Portrait 14 Kimberly “Kay Jay” Smith

Dealing with MS as a flight attendant is very challenging. I was finally diagnosed with Relapse Remit MS in December 2012 after being misdiagnosed and suffering for 20 years. I felt both relieved that I wasn’t crazy nor a hypochondriac,  and scared because I thought it was a death sentence.

The fear of being on a trip when a flareup strikes constantly stays on my mind. I try to stay healthy by taking my vitamins and constantly washing my hands to avoid illness. I’ve let go of a lot of stressors in my life.

When first diagnosed, I took the steroid treatment as well as a few months of Neurontin. I turned down the harsher meds after meeting a passenger on the plane who told me that she handles her MS without meds and lots of healthy living. I’m going to try it that way for a while.

My family, friends and job have been very understanding

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portrait #12 Erin Bennett

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Portrait #11 Carla Lantz

My name is Carla and I was diagnosed with MS in Oct of 2008. Slowly within a few years I lost the ability to go out a lot, work, and even drive a car. MS devastated me and I was brought to my ultimate low. I was a nurse before I couldn’t work anymore and missed it so much. Then one day, some how Making Multiple Sclerosis My Bitch was born. My life had meaning. I made this

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Portrait #11 Carla

Happy birthday to Carla!!!!  Carla is a strong fierce woman who was one of my inspirations for starting this blog. I wanted to show her as such, but also wanted to show the vulnerable side of MS so I used tissue paper to show wrinkles in the background!

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portrait #10 Carla Callaghan-Sandlan(story)

Carla:

My Story
It was just weeks before my wedding when I was diagnosed with relapsing remitting MS, but from the start I have been fiercely positive and determined that this weird disease will not define me. In a way it has made me appreciate life even more and I feel so lucky to have a great husband, family and friends. My high point was getting back into my lovely sparkly high heels after six months – that is better than any medicine.

Jennifer:

Such a beautiful smile and beautiful bride. I went classic with black and white and added a little gold to match the sparkle of the bride and the day!! Acrylic paint on watercolor paper, tissue paper. 11×15

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portrait # 10 Carla Callaghan-Sandlan

portrait # 10 Carla Callaghan-Sandlan

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! I just wanted to share what I am thankful for today. I am thankful for a creative outlet to deal with my MS, I am thankful to all of you for sharing your stories with me and the world. I am thankful for my husband(my biggest fan) for always being right by my side, for holding me up and never expecting more than I can give. I am thankful for my family and friends who support not only me but my art.

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