Thursday, February 22, 2018

Paint Party Friday 2/22

Hi Everyone!
First a big thank you to Eva and Kristen for hosting 
Paint Party Friday. Also to all the artists who share their 
art and inspire me every week.

So most of you know that I share my body with lupus. I do not take lupus meds but rather my own concoction of herbs, minerals, and vitamins.  Over the last 18 years it has been a trial keeping healthy. However, that last few years I have been feeling better and better with just a few minor flares. My new doctor, whom I love, ordered tons of blood work last month. (You have to know that so many doctors quit here over the last 2 years and I was without a doctor for a year. So when I found Dr. Parker and saw what a great doctor she is I was thrilled.) Back to the blood work. I had not had bloodwork done in a few years so she ran the gamut.  OMG!!! My blood work is perfect. The part that really tells about lupus DNA (DS) Antibody is an 8!!!! it goes from 1-10 one being good 10 lupus. I have never been under 10. I usually score 15 or higher, my ANA titer is in normal range and all my other lupus type blood work is good.  Confirmed by my doctor I AM IN REMISSION!!!! or quiescence, meaning
In cells, quiescence is the state of not dividing. In neurons (nerve cells), quiescence is the state of not firing. With lupus everything is firing too much, and overactive immune system so now every thing is quiet. No one knows how happy I am right now. Plus I have lost 10lbs so that is a bonus. 
I wish all of you a very happy weekend.
Now for art. Only two pieces this week. 

Honor and integrity in art, in life.


  1. Nicole!!!! Happy Dance!! Yes!!! I am so happy for you! Wow!! I don't know what to say?? Keep your light shining bright!! You are an amazing person! I'm so happy!! And, I'm so happy you have a great Doctor!! Great art pieces!! They are both smiling! I love the first one! BIG CROW HUGS!! (Thank you for the complement on my blog. I love the black and white painting too!)

  2. That is amazing Nicole. As a fellow lupus sufferer I can imagine how you feel. Wonderful art, stay healthy, Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

  3. Hi, Nicole. I am thrilled to hear your good news. It's not nice being ill, so some good news is most welcome. Lovely drawings as usual.

  4. I'm so happy to hear this news. We have a friend that actually beat cancer using her own concoctions. Your first picture is an amazing sketch to show a happy and serene demeanor. The second somehow reminds me of Betty Boop. Must be the eyes, lol.
    Much love,

  5. Brilliant artwork Nicole and absolutely fantastic news too. It's great to hear about your remission and even through your words we can hear your joy.
    I'm so happy for you... happy PPF to you :D

  6. These are such beauties, wonderful shading and softness. I especially love the first, such a unique pose, lovely and gorgeous!
    Yay, Congrats on your good news! keep shining. hugs
    happy PPF
    Victoria #19

  7. So happy for you and your wonderful health report Nicole!! Love your portraits. The first one looks to be radiating a pure joy-beautiful face position and emotion. Happy PPF!

  8. Wow! Congrats to you on amazing good health! That must feel so good! YAY! I love the portraits. Smiling faces are the best :)

  9. Really interesting healthy method­čś«never heard earlier.
    Your sketches are great ❤

  10. Wow what lovely news that must have been for you. Happydance! Love your portraits too, especially the upper one I find interesting.

  11. Nicole, I know I am in an emotional time right now, but I want you to know that your good news brought tears to my eyes. I am so happy for you and am saying a prayer that your health will continue to improve. Keep up the good work on the diet you are following! Your art as usual is beautiful. I love how you can draw faces from different angles. Most of us do well if we can draw a straight on face.

  12. I am so happy for you Nicole!!!
    This is great news about your Lupus being in remission!!!
    Your art is fabulous ❤❤❤

    Happy PPF ­čÄĘ

  13. What fabulous news about your lupus! I think that first face looks like she got similar news too! Your expressions are amazing! Wonderful faces as always!

    Hugs Giggles

  14. Wow Nicole what great news!! That must feel so good that you were able to help yourself without medicines! And how good that you finally found another doctor. Your sketches look happy and victorious. Way to go girl!!

  15. What absolutely wonderful health news for good...yay....and great the eyes and the interesting hard to do...happy ppf (#35)...x

  16. What lovely art! I am so glad you are in remission, that's fantastic! Congratulations! It's great that you've found another doctor too.

  17. What amazing news! Your holistic treatments must be working! It's so incredible that you are feeling better now, and doing so well. Loved your portraits as well.

  18. Wow!!!
    Fine pieces. My favourite is the first


  19. I think you share your happiness in todays first face. She looks very pleased :)

    Great to hear your doctor is a good one as also the results :)

  20. Nicole ~ so glad to hear your wonderful healthy news ~ and beautiful portrait sketches too!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  21. Nicole, that is wonderful news!! So glad to hear and wishing for your continued positive health! Fabulous sketches - full of serenity and joy.

  22. Oh happy day, Nicole! That is wonderful news!. Your drawings seem to show your exuberance.

  23. That is awesome news, I am so happy for you!!

  24. YAY Nicole! That is GREAT! I am dealing with several autoimmune issues and I know the hoops and trials it can take on one's body! My ANA just came back good also! I am so thrilled to read you are in remission! Thank you for posting such wonderful news. You are an inspiration to others facing Lupus as well.

    I did not participate in PPF last Friday. I read a comment you left and I am right handed. I use to bead with my pattern sideways as well. Have no idea why. Big happy hugs to you!!! R

  25. Great health news, yes!
    And drawings are cool,
    sunny greetings from 'winterland' (-19°C/-2.2F)!

  26. Fantastic sketches Nicole! Happy PPF :)


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