You are not alone

I have realised through the making of this journal that much of the difficulty I experience comes from a sense of isolation, that I don’t belong in a world where everyone seems to be speeding past. It is the most healing thing of all to know that I can be connected to others, seen and …

Kindness

One of the biggest gifts I have received through my experience with my foot is that of kindness. This includes both kindness towards myself and empathy towards others who may be struggling. I have learned first-hand that you never know what someone else may be dealing with, even if everything looks “fine” on the outside. …

Was I always afraid?

In my art, the eye is a symbol that usually signifies wisdom and clarity. In this page, however, they have become over-watchful, scanning for possible difficulty. They see a world where everything is designed for the able-bodied, the fast-moving. They see a world in which there is one chair in the corner, covered with coats. …

I will take you on a journey

At this point in my healing foot journal, I found myself longing for aspects of myself that I seemed to have lost. This prompted me to make a page searching for ‘the one who danced as if her soul was on fire.’ I drew all the things I used to do that now felt lost …

The fire was inside me

Fire is a powerful metaphor for pain, burning and uncomfortable. But fire can also represent alchemy and transformation. The following page acknowledges the time in my life when I first felt pain in my foot. I wanted to fix the problem as if it was something outside of me that I could remove or distance …

WTF is wrong with you?

A couple of years ago, I did a Mindfulness for Health course with Breathworks. One of the basic principles of the course is the understanding that much of our experience of pain comes from 'secondary suffering' – a conglomerate of thoughts, ideas, and emotional reactions to what we are experiencing in our bodies. As I …

My Own Two Feet

For the last ten years I have had a nerve condition in my left foot which has made it, at times, almost impossible to stand up without feeling pain. Even though I have had the diagnosis of multiple Morton’s Neuromas – a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves leading to the toes …