But I digress...mostly because I don't want to dwell on what makes me feel clumsy right now. Instead, let me tell you why those things have managed to fade into the background. As you will know if you read my last post CMT Awareness Month, 2012 we are pushing extra hard to raise awareness about CMT across the country...this includes helping awareness to grow within the medical community, so in the future people who have this disease can enjoy (well, maybe not enjoy...) visits with medical professionals that DON'T include having to teach them the meaning of CMT. As you can imagine, that takes up a lot of extra time, and doesn't really leave you with a feeling of confidence in their skills. One of the things I have been involved in recently is a contest for Artist's World Magazine, called 'Expressions Art Challenge for CMT Awareness'. Artists with CMT, or artists who have friends with CMT were asked to submit their work for the 'Expressions' contest, for AWM's September edition...and three of my paintings were chosen. YAY! And even more exciting is that Artist's World will be in galleries and museums across the country, helping to further raise awareness of CMT. Bigger YAY!!
Though even bigger than having my paintings printed in a magazine is something that has happened within the past few days. After writing my last post, I received some comments from other CMT bloggers around the country, and was actually able to chat with one of them. And it is always exciting to meet other people who deal with the same issues I deal with everyday, and who have taken the initiative to blog about their stories as well! This disease has many different components to it, which can include lovely things like pain, and loss...though one of the biggest components is often this feeling of alone-ness where you feel like no one else in the world exists with CMT. And even though you know in your heart that isn't true, when you move through your life explaining over and over again what CMT stands for (NOT just country music, people!) that feeling of being alone can grow. I was 38 before I even met anyone else who had it...and now I feel like I am part of a community of CMT-ers, and CMT bloggers. Maybe in this growing technological world, we can reach enough people to raise the awareness of this disease to an acceptable level...and maybe CMT-ers world wide will finally have a voice, and be heard!
My Life With CMT
Clicks for CMT: Bloggers Raising Awareness
Artist's World Magazine