Hi. My name is Cheryl. I live in Portland with my husband/partner and children. I have always wanted to write, but the twists and turns of my life, have given me the final push to do so. I am struggling with autoimmune diseases, and I want to provide a lens with which others can view the frustrations, fear, symptoms, and struggles these disorders present to their victims. Also, I hope this will lead to a greater understanding of autoimmune disorders and the unique challenges many of us face in getting medical care that will work. I had little luck with traditional medicine. It was alternative Classical Chinese Medicine that gave me the hope I had sought for so long. Due to the cost of this treatment not being covered, fundraising was started to avoid having to stop that treatment. Reaching out to the community is something we had to do, although I do so with humility. I hope that as people read this blog, they will see that this can happen to any one. None of us is immune from life-shattering events. Eventually, there will be a link to the Fundraising site and a button here to donate if you wish. Thank you and no donation is too small. ❤
This blog also represents my “pursuit of happiness” in life. We hear the words thrown about,”…life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” I want to be a part of those three things to which I believe every human is entitled on the earth. I want to find the path to happiness and healing so I can work with pottery, enjoy my family, and feel connected to society. As an aspiring potter, I wish to share my pottery with a particular emphasis on pieces in support of human rights, specifically to the LGBT community.
With my struggles, I have become keenly sensitive to those of others. I was always more in tune with other peoples’ trials in life, but this has made that more apparent. It is because of this that I plan to discuss issues of discrimination and inequality on this page. I think humans need to come together and try to make the world a better place by choosing to look at the injustices in the world. In order to do that, one has to put himself/herself into the shoes of a person, who might be going through the unimaginable and try to empathize. Being mindful of the positive is crucial in such a mission. Ultimately, more empathy and a connected society makes great change possible. I want to be part of that kind of change.
*Below is a link to the the fundraising site to help me get treatment. It gives details on my health struggles, which have gone on for years. If you can, please donate to help me win the “war” in my body. Small donations add up and can get a great cause. $1-$5 donations are great.
You can also donate through Paypal directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations are being taken by my sister, Maria. Thank you for reading and for any support!