Moving Through the Next Chapter of My Life (such as it is)

June 16, 2015 at 11:28 am (mixed media, Multiple Sclerosis, occipital neuralgia, Sewing Projects, Trigeminal Neuralgia)

I have been moving right along as I work through a rough spring with my trigeminal and occipital neuralgia.  When these storm systems roll through, my face and head have their own agenda.  My botox injections were adminstered late due to a change in hospitalization (which is a pain to navigate when one has chronic conditions).  The botox, while not completely effective, takes the brunt of the worst pain from me.  The last two months have been more bad days than good.

I have had some orders for my mixed media “Journey” pieces so I have been spending a few hours each day working on them.  I am having them photographed by a wonderful photographer, Tab James of AdLiv Collective in the hopes of selling prints on line.  I will continue to work on original pieces.  I promise I will blog about the beginnings of my Lovingly Millie collection.

Find Strength for the Journey

Find Strength for the Journey – Tab’s photographs bring out all the layers of the mixed media piece.

I have an order for some terra cotta pendants and usually spend an hour in the evening rolling clay and molding it — very relaxing.

I also have gained weight and not many of my clothes fit me so I am trying to sew a few summer pieces that actually look good on my “new” body.  Accepting where I am right now weight-wise is very hard for me.  I am posting these pictures, although most of my being is screaming to keep them hidden.  This is part of my journey too…

A little pink dress (the back is open with a tie)

A little pink dress (the back is open with a tie)

This actually is a

This actually is a “muslin” of a new pattern that actually fits so I will wear it 🙂

Throughout my day, my constant companion is our one-year-old Airedale, Jazzy Joy.  THIS is what she does while I create.  I promise you, this bed was beautifully made earlier in the day 🙂

The tornado that is Jazzy

The tornado that is Jazzy

Oh, and, do you like my sunglasses I got for the beach??  The great thing about glasses and earrings… they usually fit!

Cool shades!!

Cool shades!!

Be blessed and encouraged.  If I can do one productive thing on days I can only carefully move my head, so can you!!



  1. Esther said,

    wonderful sunglasses and that Jazzy 🙂 she is a mess… Love your mixed media pieces too… I need some of that “joy in the journey” attitude…I will find it, I must.

  2. susieloveshome said,

    Melodye, you look maaahvalous! Love the dress on you! (as I am a sundress lover) … and your shoes with the striped top complete that ensemble beautifully:)
    You inspire many by your journey 🙂

  3. Jenny Wazlawik said,

    Melodye, I found your blog this morning through a pinterist post. I am so moved by your story and your art. Your piece above, “Find Strength for the Journey” spoke to me. Please let me know how to order the prints that you are creating. I would love one for myself, and one for my sister who has struggled with lupus for 30 years. Your journeys of living with pain and finding your own strength while raising children are very similar. Wishing you a beautiful day today, and thank you for the inspiration.

  4. jsfreidhoff said,

    Don’t even think about it because you look beautiful!! Did you read about my brain tumor? I had nothing more than a gut feeling, I had one. The whole evening allot of people were there, all were trying to talk tt o me but I couldn’t speak at all. Finally was in he ER room with one nurse, I pulled her to me by her arm. She just looked at me, in my mind I asked God to please allow me to “say” to her “Brain Tumor”. He did, the nurse said WHAT? I said “Brain Tumor”!! Her eyes got so big, she said are you telling me you have one? I shook my head yes, I knew my speaking was over. They wouldn’t listen to her she put a threat in there, they sent me for an MRI. Came back to me and said, you’re being sent to Pittsburgh tonight. Thank God!!!!! Just typing this is hard, but you have to know, you’re not alone or hard going through this. I also put on weight and can sleep at least 12 or more hours a day. I read your weblog. I understand more than you think. It just takes me a few days to think of my writing. If you ever want to just talk, call me. If there is no answer, I’m probably sleeping and will call you when I wake up…give me your number to call. My memory is also “slowly” returning. The only number I have is my cell…814-421-8476…

    Take Care,
    God Bless,
    Sharon 😊

  5. Elizabeth M Stiles Larson said,

    You look GREAT, Mel! Don’t get down on your weight, you look the way God wants you to look. I know, you want to be rail thin, but this is not healthy for you at this time. Rock those outfits you’ve modeled, you look GREAT! Keep on hanging in there and know that so many love you and have been inspired by your journey. Keep up the good work!

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