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Arts and Health: The First Feature

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 7:22 PM
Hi everyone,

I wanted to share with you some work from a very special group here on dA. Arts-and-Health is dedicated to providing an outlet of expression for people who live with, have lived with, or know someone who has lived with a serious medical condition. (That, in all likelihood, means YOU, as we all know someone who has suffered.) It could be a physical condition like cancer or diabetes, or it might be a mental health condition. Regardless of your condition, you have a story to tell.

Our members bravely tell their stories through their art. We are about to start monthly challenges in which members tell their story around a particular theme, such as healing, endurance, or darkness. Every month we (as a group) will select the most powerful submission, and that deviant will receive 1,000 dA points. Our next challenge begins December 1, and we will announce the theme on that day.

Everyone is welcome to join Arts-and-Health

And now for the feature of our voices, by theme:

The Darkest Hour

Challenging times when living with illness

Morphine WithdrawalsThe decision of living without this desire
Addiction of the worst just to survive
Just to be normal and live everyday
To destroy the stress and the tension in the most simple way
Life was so easy and nothing came close
If you felt it was slipping you just up the dose
But everything that goes up must one day fall hard
Feelings take your mind that you once did disregard
You have to make a choice to live as you’re meant
To take back your mind and body at all costs
But to do this you know the suffering must be spent
For days and your sanity will temporary be lost
Then the pain starts to take you
Your mind goes to mush
Your insides are screaming
For the love of a push
To be out of your misery, just to fall from this life
No more bloody agony, no more screaming inside
To kill all the frustration and numb all the strife
But to be back to normal this pain you abide
So first you start breathing at an unhealthy rate
Your eyes don’t stop steaming and skins is on fire
You think it
Eclipse - No Way Out by Lemmy-X
Hiding behind the Ugly by Two-sided-mirror
More, please by ida-in-thunderland

What it's Like

Stories of what it's like to live with illness

No Way OutThose who do not know me well
Know not what I must endure.
Methinks, therefore, that they should keep
Their opinions to themselves;
For I find it truly exasperating
To hear the thoughtless things they say.
Their misinformed, judgemental words
Ever shock me, shake me, stress me.
I optimistically try to tell myself
That these people "mean well" -
But it's far easier for me to say the words
Than it is to believe them.
You see, some folk like to posit
That I have a choice -
I should not take my medications;
I should use herbs, or prayer instead.
Or worse, they imply (rather rudely)
That it's my fault I'm ill;
Through some vile sin,
Or lack of faith or 'wanting' to be healed.
It is offensive to my soul, and to my ears as well,
To hear such things!
I try not to listen, not to care -
Alas, largely without success.
The cool sting of such inhumane words
Invades my memory;
And like a torturous biting loop,
It replays in my mind.
These people know not how it feels
To dislocate joints, as I do;
Walk with me.Who wants to walk with me down this long road?
Who wants to make this journey that's so very cold?
Where hearts are dark with no room for love
Blackened their soul, twisted the raven to look like a dove.
Inner demons flooding my dreams
making the most normal thing not as it seems
Wildly dark demons penetrating my mind
searching for secrets, never for me to find.
The deepest trust given to ones I care for
turn to deceit and lies, friends no more.
The cruelest ways and words left me in sorrow
ripped out my heart like there's no tomorrow.
Feeling foolish and feeling so hurt...
as my heart no more important than a piece of dirt,
As I said, "Who wants this walk down this road with me?
Feel this pain, despair and my sorrow see?"
Three people personDEPRESSED DEBBIE: Not to sound depressed or anything, but I don't see the point in socializing like this. Or at all.
NEUTRAL NELLY: I just thought we'd meet and try to work out our differences while having dinner together. We're family after all, and proper meals and exercise is what keeps one in balance.
DEPRESSED DEBBIE: Wow, you're a living cliché!
NEUTRAL NELLY: You're a never ending teenage riot.
DEPRESSED DEBBIE: Adults loose touch with their believes, like you.
NEUTRAL NELLY: You really see me as an adult?
DEPRESSED DEBBIE: Yeah... What, you don't?
NEUTRAL NELLY: Sometimes. Mostly not.
NEUTRAL NELLY: I guess. Anyway, you need some food. You're a lot thinner than I remember.
DEPRESSED DEBBIE: Eating is kind of a way to tell life that you're on it's side. I'm not sure I'm okay with that.
MANIC MARIA: I don't need much food. I'm more just a mind than a mind + body creature. I'm a spirit similar to a god.
NEUTRAL NELLY: Sure you are honey, sure y

Keeping Hope

This is what gets us through it all . . .

I am My Own Rainbow by NoraBlansett
Pink world by FadwaAngela

Thanks to everyone for sharing your incredible stories with us. Everyone else, won't you join us?


Jade (Aeirmid) :dalove: :community: 

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Melanie-J-Howle Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for featuring some of my work :huggle:
ida-in-thunderland Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Great collection
Magical525 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
These are lovely :D

Not sure I'd be able to put how I feel about my health issues into artwork so it's something I find especially impressive that they have been able to.
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012   Digital Artist
You could. You have to break it down into little things. A sunrise. A scream. A bottle of pills. Cliche, but they get you moving and thinking about it. What inspires you, for instance?
Magical525 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I get inspired by all sorts of things - colours - a sunrise (actually made a quilt with that as the inspiration, not sure why I haven't submitted it here) rainbows - nature - books - other people's art - a doodle on a scrap of paper... but not from from my health issues - they are all pain related and I try my best to ignore the pain even exists.
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012   Digital Artist
:love: :tighthug:
Magical525 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
daxusx Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
excellent! feauture thanks for adding me here! Is just a honor :pray: Namaste!
FadwaAngela Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for This gorgeous feature :iconplzhug:
PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Wonderful features :clap:
jennystokes Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wonderful idea.
Will share this
jane-beata Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Great idea & feature :)

pica-ae Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
TheLastHuzzah Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
What a wonderful feature, for a wonderful group :heart:
Lemmy-X Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for including my art.
NoraBlansett Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so very much for the inclusion in the feature! I'm in excellent company! :love:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012   Digital Artist
thank you for sharing your story with us. You do it so poignantly.
NoraBlansett Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
:love: You are so very welcome. When we're not willing to speak up, we can't expect others to understand. This group is great because it gives those of us suffering through one thing or another a voice through creativity -- and frankly, I've found creating to be one of the healthiest things I can do when I am suffering. :love:
Aeirmid Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012   Digital Artist
me, too. :heart:
Guihena Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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