The incentive for this blog was born out of a diagnosis of a progressive form of Multiple Sclerosis two years ago.  Once over the initial shock (though mini shocks are still happening), I arrived at a place where I began to take back control of my life and learn to manage my condition, helping myself in new ways.

I began writing poetry and created my blog, journeyintopoetry.wordpress.com, which has been, and still is, very therapeutic and fun too!  Shortly after this I acquired a camera. I wanted something of interest which would keep my hands working; my right hand is now very weak, but I am still able to click the shutter – just! I am aware there are bite switches available and other helpful aids, but at the moment I would like to try and carry on taking photos manually as part of exercising my hand and reminding my brain that it does still have one. Physiotherapists are known for the phrase “use it or lose it”.

My main interest is taking close up photos of flowers, the main reason being they keep still!!  But I have also started to appreciate nature much more.So I am a complete beginner. I have a Canon EOS 1100D and recently acquired a macro lens. So that’s it; this is where I’m at!

By creating this second blog, I am telling myself and anyone else who is interested, that life doesn’t have to come to an abrupt end after diagnosis of chronic illness; we simply need to start walking new paths and opening our own new doors, even if they creak a little at first and are difficult to push.

I hope you see something that at least makes you smile. 🙂


10 Responses to About

  1. Libby says:

    Beautiful blog. Thanks for sharing.

  2. cynthia jobin says:

    I’ve just discovered this new blog, Christine, and think it’s gorgeous, as well as a good idea. Some years ago, when I took up painting in watercolors (to rest from the madness of words in my head), I became pretty much devoted to painting flowers…live one’s, of course. You ‘re right, that they don’t move (not that we can see) but they are so alive, and unworried about being useful! This is great….onward and upward!

    • Hi Cynthia! Thank you or visiting!

      I like “not that we can see” because what do we know?! And when I think about it theyre moving all the time while they grow! Now you have me thinking. However, this summer has seen a slight progression toward bees and butterflies who have all been so very patient and kept very still while I wobbled my way round them, and I managed a few shots I have to say Im quite proud of!

      I can imagine that painting flowers would be a very peaceful process; even when I had two working hands my painting skills matched a four year old! It would be good to see some of yours sometime maybe.

      I havent posted here for a while now winter is upon us. But spring is only a corner away so more to come. As you say “onward and upward” x

  3. Al Gunn says:

    Keep up the great work Christine, I love your pictures and poetry 🙂 xx

    • Thanks so much Al! What a lovely comment to receive. Thank you for visiting my blog and taking the time to comment. All the poetry and photos of flowers is the best therapy I have for my MS. Id be lost without it, keeps me alive 😊 xx

  4. Finally able to visit your new blog – looking forward to more amazing photos. You have so many great gifts, Christine!

  5. Thanks so much for taking the time to visit this blog Betty! I really enjoy taking photos although it it’s becoming much more difficult as my right hand in particular is very weak now and sometimes I just cant click the shutter. But there are bite switches out there somewhere so there is always a way round these obstacles xx

  6. Rob McShane says:

    Chris, you are a minefield of golden finds! This is a beautiful blog – the haikus magical and the photos perfect! I take my hat off to you – well done! 🙂

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