Friday, February 8, 2013

BELIEVE IT!

I have been following an art journalist by the name of Corrine Gilmore of Sparkle Days Studio for only a short time, but have fallen in love with her art!  She is more about the "why" than the "how" of art journaling.  It is with her encouragement that I present today a very personal art journal page.  In 1987, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  Once known at Kent State University's College of Education, the Assistant Dean, only shortly before having been diagnosed with prostrate cancer, came to my office to present me with a copy of The Power of Positive Thinking by minister and author Norman Vincent Peale.  It had been given to him by his mother during his cancer treatment.  His only request was that when I was done with the book, I would pass it on.  His mother had inscribed inside the front cover, and, likewise, when I passed it on, I did the same.  I can only imagine where it might be today!

The book encouraged me to visually imagine myself as healed, as a stronger and better person.  I carried that image to the operating room with me that day in November of 1987.  Now, more than 25 years later, I am here, most definitely a stronger and better person!  The message?  When faced with the unthinkable--dream, imagine and believe in a better tomorrow.


Thanks you for visiting today!  Much joy to you!


14 comments:

  1. Wow, this is the most powerful personal page that you have ever done.

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  2. Wonderful Silhouette and AJ page, even if I'm not yet a specialist of AJ, I find yours really nice !! And thank you so much to have subscribed to my newsletter Kay, it's very kind to you. To answer to your question, for me it was too late to insert the module "join this site" on my blog, it's no more allowed unfortunately ! I've also subscribed to your newsletter, but don't worry or be sad if I can't leave a comment at each post, because I'm more and more busy and I have young children to take care too... Have a good week-end Kay, happy to know you ! Coco x

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  3. Dear Kay, thank you so much for sharing this. I knew about the brain tumor but LOVE the story about the book. Gorgeous page and a great quote.

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  4. Hi Kay!
    A wonderful page! So sunny and expressive! And thanks for your personal story. When I read your comment in my blog this afternoon I was thinking if everything is ok with you, your health. And now - after reading this post I am calmed (the right word?). Let me know if I should be wrong. You know my E-Mail-adress...

    Best and Love and a wonderful sunday
    Beo

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  5. Powerful words Kay and a powerful piece for healing....Life is an amazing journey and we never know......thanks for sharing part of your's with us. xox

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  6. What a beautiful page Kay, and a very moving personal story x

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  7. Wow..great message Kay! I love it and also love the page you did!
    I am a keen follower of the "Secret" and have read various other books around the same topic and theme...and it has helped me in my own life! Thanks for another reminder and truly love your page!!! Way to go girl!!!! ;-)

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  8. I am moved by your words and your art! It's a lovely page. Thank you for sharing both with us. Art helps heal doesn't it?

    Stay well and thanks for stopping by my Blog and leaving your lovely comment.

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  9. Wonderful page and words, love your blog so far. I just followed you after you were very kind enough to put a lovely comment on my flickr page (Artystarty) it meant a lot to me.

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  10. beautiful Kay....both the page and the story behind it!

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  11. Kay, thank you for sharing that personal story. I really love that art page! I'm curious how you created that gorgeous female figure image...hoping you'll share. xo

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  13. Kay you are such an inspiration to me and I love your your work. Thanks for sharing this story I also love that book...
    You will be pleased to know that while I was away I finally took the plunge and created 4 pages with the limited stuff I took with me. I am happy with them and will load them later. I thank you for spurring me on to challenge myself to do something that has completely taken me out of my comfort zone. :D

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  14. Love the story behind the gorgeous AJ page Kay AND what a wonderful reminder to all of us out here ♥♥♥

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