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It may not seem like much, but this is the first project I’ve attempted since last May. My carpal tunnel/pronation syndrome has improved enough to give it a go and I’m delighted. I can even do a little journaling by hand!

I never knew I could miss my arm so much, especially being able to write comfortably with a pen. It’s amazing what you take for granted. Over the years I’ve filled dozens of journals with personal entries and notes and quotes taken from my favorite books. This past year I just couldn’t manage it. After the first few months I was able to type, but interestingly I had trouble with note-taking on the computer. Somehow I had developed a style of “reading meditation” where the book and pen and journal came together as more than the sum of their parts.

Scrapbooking does the same for me. I process thoughts and feelings in a unique way when I’m in a physical creative-mode. It’s almost as though I’m writing, but with the opposite hand. I’m accessing parts of me that I longed for when I wasn’t able to do it. Do you know what I mean?

I’m also finishing up a re-positioning of my latest book proposal. I had put it aside for a while in frustration, but the juices are flowing again and I’m pleased with the results.

Chronic pain is very difficult to deal with, and my heart goes out to those who have not yet been able to find a way to manage theirs. Although I’m not totally back to normal yet (I still have numbness in one finger), I no longer think of myself as a patient. I’m so grateful for the improvement with which I’ve been blessed.

4 Responses to "Back to Scrapbooking!"

  1. jamie

    April 21, 2008

    I’m so, so happy that you’re body has healed enough for you to be back to expressing yourself this way and experiencing the process. sending you hugs!

  2. sunny

    April 21, 2008

    Thanks, Jamie! And congrats to you for starting the Starshyne Tarot! 🙂

  3. Arlene

    April 28, 2008

    Congratulations on dealing with your chronic pain. As a person who has fibromyalgia, I know it can be very tough at times to do the things you need to do to make yourself well. And as far as “normal” goes, perhaps your new “normal” will look a little different-:)

  4. sunny

    April 28, 2008

    Arlene — thank you. And very well said! I’ve gained a good bit of insight from dealing with this and I plan to make use of it.

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