Friday, February 24, 2012

It's All About Me (A HiStory)

So, I thought people might want to know a little about me.........

I was born in a small town in British Columbia, Canada after my parents immigrated from southern England.  The first born in Canada for our family, which would eventually grow by 3 more.  My upbringing was like any other, nothing out of the ordinary.  Played soccer and music, but eventually ended up in competitive figure skating for many years and from that, coaching.
My life changed forever in 1988, when, after a bout of severe abdominal pain turned into 6 months of endless doctors visits only to discover I was living with and finally diagnosed with Crohn's Disease.  Coming as a total shock, as I rarely got sick or even went to the doctor.  I soon discovered that having Crohn's felt like I had the plague.  I lost "friends" and girlfriends because THEY couldn't "handle it", what a joke.  Even complete strangers would ask if I had AIDS because of the drastic weight loss.  I went from a healthy 175lbs to 115lbs at my worst.   I couldn't hold a job and was either in hospital, on unemployment or welfare.  I had bouts of depression and the "why me", to the point of seriously thinking of suicide......I'm glad I didn't.
Today my life has done a 360.  I'm happier, "healthier", and living with Crohn's and not letting Crohn's control me.  It's taken years of trial and error with foods, drinks and meds, but I think I'm getting closer to figuring it all out and maybe I will never discover it all, but I'll get it right.....maybe.
I met a wonderful woman who didn't care about my illness as it was part of me and that's what she was interested in.  I fell in love with her smile.  We married and now have two great boys.  I've taken everything I have inside me, everything that's happened to me and everything that I have experienced and turned that, into art. 
I started painting in 2010 as part of a personal "art therapy" and I take how I'm feeling and try and convey that on canvas.  Sometimes I go months without painting and then there are times it all comes out in several pieces at once.  Music, figure skating, Crohn's and art put together to make different and interesting abstract pieces.

Crohn's chose me, I didn't choose Crohn's.  Let's see where this ride takes us.......

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