Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Jill Lambert


I became a late bloomer because I was typically encouraged to do something practical like get married, have babies, and become a secretary like my mom. After five years of being a secretary and really not liking it I went back to school to become a middle school English teacher. Still I had an inner interest to be an "artist." My grandpa made his living as an artist but he died when I was four--though I vaguely remember sitting with him while he created in his Basement studio.

After having my daughter and finding out I have lupus, my heart told me life is short, do something that really calls to you, so I started painting when she was about one year old. After about 8 years of teaching my kidneys had serious trouble related to my lupus and while away from teaching and on during chemotherarpy treatment for my kidneys, creating helped me relax and gave me great joy. Three years ago while home on disability I read many books, some creative, some just inspirational, and I put myself out there and opened an etsy shop, quit full-time teaching, started doing art shows (just a few a year) and now my kidneys are in remission. I work part-time at the school I used to teach at, \in a less stressful capacity--as the library aide. I credit the chemo, painting, following my heart and working part-time for my healing.
My passion? Oh I have so many! Flowers, vibrant ones. Water--lakes, fountains, the Caribbean Sea. My daughter Isabella--she's taught me to savor moments and be a more patient person. Painting--it brings me joy and happiness , I wa inspire others with my creations and their messages. Reading--I LOVE books...I've often said "if I could get paid to read books all day, good ones of course, I'd be in heaven."



5 comments:

  1. Your story brings to mind that famous statement that "Art Saves". Wonderful to meet you here!

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  2. Welcome Jill... it's wonderful to have you here with so many of us. I enjoyed reading how creating art has helped you regain your health. It's great to see that you have some of your grandpa's genes. :)

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  3. Thanks for including me Teresa! Also, thanks Deborah and Suzanne for the warm welcome! It's great to be a late bloomer:)

    Jill

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  4. Jill, so glad that you found art--and are regaining your health as well. My story is similar... a former art teacher with a chronic health condition (Chronic Active Epstein Barr Virus) who found health and happiness by stepping back a notch (or two or three notches) and creating, healing.

    It's encouraging to hear that you were able to find a part-time position that worked well, that is something I've been considering lately too as I still love teaching and working with people.

    Best of luck to you. I have a good friend who has lupus and she says that many doctors won't acknowledge that diagnosis (I've had similar problems with them not acknowledging my Epstein Barr). I hope you've found a good doctor who is willing and able to go the extra mile for you.

    Happy Arting! Erin Keane of art-is-try

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  5. Jenny Doh says Art Saves and I think that's so true. I hope it continues to provide healing in your life.
    what a beautiful story of your journey. I am off to visit your blog roght now. xox

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