Have you ever tried any rehabilitation? Of course, a negative answer is preferably though, rehab shows amazing compensation of our body. I've been working on rehab of a leg. A waiting room is a drama theatre of life. Patients exchange very different and interesting life stories in a friendly mood. A patient told me she had lost her half body's movement function. But her great rehab efforts have paid off. Now, she can almost move the body like before, enjoys traveling and collects photos from all over the world. She once struggled hard in a slow recovery, but she never gave up hope nor exercise. Rehab requires patients' will power to keep both exercise and hope. Having hope is the essential condition and the vital tool of recovery, in my belief. (*NOTE: the image has nothing to do with people in this post.)
To keep on rehab with hope is hard without a mental support from others. Today, a lady staff was so caring and sensitive in my long medical examination at hospital. She said, "You are so caring and kind." Thank you (*how could you say so??). She agreed me and said, "The power of positive thinking," instead of a word, "hope." Sometimes, tough situations beat us. Although I do not deny reality, I want to believe in the potential and hidden abilities. Rehab shows our unused capacity. I trust in hope and will keep up my own rehab. The kind hospital staff celebrated my picture book debut in Aug and the solo exhibition in Oct. How much her tender attitude eased a patient's stress! Oh, sweet! Her say compensated my uncomfortable long test. Like her, so many supporters such as a medical team and you, blog Friends etc, etc enable me to keep on the rehab. Patients need help in a difficult time and it's important to claim the need of help.
I have a dream. I want to do something for people at hospital : patients and staff. The hospital staff above encouraged me to make my dream come true. My mentor, Ann is joining the project, "The Hush."
Right now, the wonderful project, "The Hush," is on the way to come true (*I'm not in the illustartors). According to Allen and Unwin, the special picture book with its bonus CD "designed to inspire hope and calm in people of all ages." It will be published in Aug. The key person and medical doctor is Dr Catherine Crock. My mentor Ann James and the supporters in picture book publishing industry are in the Hush project. I'm so proud of having such wonderful mentors. I look forward to the Hush and its CD. See, Friends? Picture books can tackle any social issues. I'm blessed to have such a wonderful job, a picture book illustrator and to have those caring supporters around me.
Friends, some of you are in a tough time at hospital or in chronic conditions. Patients encourage each other and enjoy a chat over my sketches at hospital. I always pray for you with my heart. Especially, Friends on rehab, let's "enjoy" rehab together. I do enjoy it! Rehab or a slow recovery takes time, but let us go on. My hands think and pray in drawing. Thank you for your warm cheers!
Friends, Happy Painting!