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Workshops Change Lives! By Norah Eastern

by NSM Self-Management Programs | Nov 26, 2013

I [states Norah Eastern] was at a low point in the winter of 2012-13. Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions was coming to a close-by location. Would I have the stamina to be out for 2 1/2 hours? First week, as we shared stories about how illness affected us, I struggled to hold back tears. I've never been in a room with so many courageous people full of grace. How did we become such half-abandoned children of a lesser god?     

As other people’s action plan [a weekly activity in the workshop] changed from week to week, mine remained the same: work on my first art project every spare moment, to finish it by the extended deadline for a magazine that connects a spiritual journey with art, expressing truth and joy. Many obstacles surfaced. During a brainstorming session, I couldn't accept that sometimes there is no solution. It was a necessary priority to help ill parents; to help my husband in our business as we’re self employed, feeling the crunch with my limited capacity; and to help my friend who was losing his wife to cancer. There was no energy left, yet I could not give up the dream of sharing this art that was bursting out without any prior training, when words failed me as a poet. I felt the message was important.  

Norah’s fabric art piece Winter’s Grief has won an art award in North Simcoe Muskoka. See Norah’s full story in our Testimonials Section.


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