Trena Myers, Artist

Suwanee, Georgia, United States

"In the summer of 2002, my family and I visited an amusement park and rode the rides like most families do; however, that day changed my life as I knew it. I got on a particular roller coaster and when I got off, my body was injured with whiplash. There were days that I couldn't get out of bed - my legs would give out on me. And I was in a toxic relationship that I thought I was now going to be stuck in for the rest of my life because I was going to have to depend on him to take care of me. Physician after physician for a decade diagnosed me with fibromyalgia, but deep down I felt that there was something else and I had hope. I always found myself at the canvas painting to find solace and peace...reassurance that this wasn't all in my head. Finally, after a decade, I had a physician listen to me and run some blood work that had not been done before and I had some answers. Although my diagnosis was one that didn't have a cure, again I had hope. My body has an immune deficiency which I have had my whole life - it just took the whiplash to lower my immune system to the point of breaking. Now in a constant battle fighting various viruses, bacteria, infection after infection, I am still holding on to hope for a cure. Again, I find comfort at the canvas. A few years ago, working with resident physicians, I created a wellness workshop that incorporates health coaching and painting. My emotional wellness workshops were born. I now empower people who are stressed, anxious or overworked and teach them how to increase productivity, connect to their inner child and make a fun mess. I am a self advocate, encouraging others to have a voice." Trena Myers, Artist

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