When I look down at this little golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.
I need regular work hours so I can enjoy my life more but I keep forgetting to apply for things so OH WELL shows how much I really care apparently.
[image description: photo of the Spencer family, with Sarah and Michael in the center and their two children at their side.]
Donate: Spencer Family In Crisis
Our beloved friend, Sarah Myles Spencer, is in need of the help of a faithful and loving community.
Sarah suffers from several autoimmune disorders, including iritis, arthritis, interstitial cystitis, and has tested positive for the autoimmune gene that is present when a person has lupus (though no formal lupus diagnosis has been given yet). She also has glaucoma that she developed from steroid treatments, lyme disease, chronic depression and anxiety disorder, trigeminal neuralgia, and mild PTSD. She was the primary caretaker of her father in 2010, and when he died, she and her husband Michael took on all of that medical debt as well.
Her family has been paying all of this medical debt off diligently, but are currently in a situation without income or insurance. Sarah has had to put her own health (which would normally require her to see 4-5 specialists a month) on the back burner in the face of an impossible choice: groceries or medical care?
No family should have to choose between feeding their children and maintaining their health.
Because of the host of autoimmune deficiencies, Sarah has now developed pneumonia, for which she has been to the hospital several times in the last month.
Michael lost his job in a confusing and infuriating situation involving racial targeting by his direct supervisor in the Fall, and has been forced to take several lower-paying jobs to support his family while working with his union in an attempt to rectify the illegal and horrible mistreatment of him by a company he’d been a top-performer at for over 3 years. He has been the caretaker through this ordeal, but is currently faced with the burden of juggling the health and well-being of his family with finding work in a floundering economy. Nothing he has found yet has provided insurance.
This fundraiser is not only assuaging the burden of so much acquired medical debt, it is allowing a family to feed and clothe themselves while keeping a roof over their heads. It is giving them some breathing room.
please share widely!
Donate: Spencer Family In Crisis
Various Escape Attempts (made by insects behind a screen. #artofinstagram #drawing #conceptual #escape #freedom #gnats #art #stephyoungart
My brain keeps wandering to the same places. #picstitch #wip #sketchbook #artofinstagram #drawing #practice #brainexercise
My coworker invited me to a screen printing seminar she was teaching at her apartment complex today. I was apprehensive (of course) because I’d be going alone/I’m tired/I could have been doing nothing/I hate driving/thinking/all of things…
It turned out to be such a great time. I’ve never printed from a screen before, and I actually got to make my own! I met other artists of color my age who are local to the area, and it was a super inspiring experience. Hopefully she invites me to more stuff like this in the future, because it really was so enjoyable. My creative juices aren’t quite flowing (still), so it felt really good to be around other artists with colorful personalities and different mediums. It was a nice reminder that I am slowly becoming a part of the artists’ community in this area.
And now I can nap.
Puerto Rican//Chinese//Elm City Artist
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