ME/CFS Awareness Day: 11 things of gratitude for 11 years of illness

The River Cam I, 11"x14" oil on canvas, $395. ©Sarah Marie Lacy, 2012

Today is International ME/CFS Awareness Day. I’ve written a lot about my experiences living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. I was diagnosed at 12, and the first 5 years were the toughest of my life. Back in 2010, I wrote another post for ME/CFS Awareness Day about how art helped me find purpose in […]

Between the strong and the small

The Dance, Matisse

I’ve spent most of this year flip-flopping between 2 states of mind. In the first state of mind, I am strong, confident, powerful, and focused. Everything goes swimmingly. Jobs show up, paintings practically sell themselves, and my voice is clear and strong. The words that I want to share flow freely from my fingertips. I […]

An anniversary, remembering and moving forward

Sunrise, steps from my home.

Eleven years ago today, I got sick. The emotional effects didn’t hit me till weeks later, but today was the day it started – 11pm at night, suddenly awake and feeling ill. And then that feeling just never going away. It’s been a long road to the place where I am now. Last year felt […]

Mine.

Me in the studio, with a nude in progress

  I am, occasionally, accused of working too much (usually by well-meaning friends).   It’s probably true. I work a lot. Longer than 8 hour days, by far. Probably closer to 10-12. But it doesn’t usually feel like work to me. This is what I’d be doing for fun if I had a cubicle job. […]