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To celebrate my birthday on July 26th I am offering a Buy One Get One Free (of equal or lesser value) the whole month of July!!!!! YES THE WHOLE MONTH!!!! Just be sure to send me a note after you make your purchase of which additional item you’d like Note: July 23-27th I will be at Comic Con so any orders placed during that time will ship after I get back.
Happy AMC Awareness Day! Today is an awareness day for Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita, the condition I have. I really don’t talk about my disability even with the people I have known for years. But today to raise awareness I will share a little bit with you about my life living with Arthrogryposis. First off, you ask what is Arthro-gr-what? Arthrogryposis is a rare condition that causes joint contractures and muscle weakness occurring in 1 in 3,000 births. It affects some more than others and my case falls somewhere in between. How it affects me: all my major limbs are affected. I have limited use of my upper and lower extremities. When I was born I had clubbed feet, my hands were clenched in fist and I had dislocated hips. Along with that I developed scoliosis (curvature of the spine), kleppel fiel syndrome, moderate restrictive disease and a cleft palate. I’m partially blind in my left eye and partially deaf in my right ear. I use a walker around the house and wheelchair for long distances. From the age of 2-yrs-old on I have had 30 corrective operations to help me live more independently. I’ve spent the first 15 years of my life in and out of the hospital averaging about 3-4 days of the week spent at dr appointments, physical and occupational therapy and well causing a little trouble I have once been under the care of 12 different doctors (basically one for each part of my body). Despite my limitations I managed to play in adaptive leagues for tennis, baseball and swimming. I learned to play the violin (which I hold like a cello) with modifications. I completed the Los Angeles Marathon at the age of 10 with the help of LAPD Swat. Amidst all this I still had my struggles. I was picked on constantly (both verbally and physically) because of my disability. I was denied entrance into both the Girl Scouts and a Performing Arts School in LA because of my disability. I was told i’d never get into college because of my disability. Basically I’ve been told no and I can’t my whole life. Kinda wants to make you prove people wrong. I ended up going to college, nonetheless art school at USC. Because of the AMC I have limited use of my hands and often get tired after 10 mins of using them. It was one of the most difficult times of my life, trying to balance taking 20 units, going to all my dr appts and working part time at a record label. I don’t know how I did it but I did. They say Arthrogryposis is non progressive yet still not a lot is known about it. Over the years I definitely feel like I have slowed down because of it and the daily pain it causes. The easiest way to explain it is I’m 28 with the arthritis of a 68-yr-old. But even now I don’t let it stop me from doing what I love. I go out as much as I can and I’m lucky to have family and friends who are amazing. So in closing I hope you learned a little bit more about me and Arthrogryposis whether you know me or not. Feel free to share to raise awareness. Thank you
Quick ink drawing warm up #art #ink #inkdrawing #melissasanchezart
Haven’t been able to draw in a few days. Glad to be able to finally get back working on this. Tyrion and some Ed Sheeran.
Finished Pookie’s #Frozen graduation card! ❄⛄
Do you wanna build a snowman? ⛄ #melissasanchezart
My new piggy bank 😍😍😍 #gizmo #gremlins #mogwai
Oh Timehop, thank you for making me feel old…
Quick little ink drawing. #musicislove #cassettetape #mixtape #ink #drawing #art #melissasanchezart
My $13 tattoo for Friday the 13th by @tunarocks
Donut Friend with the man himself, Mark Trombino!
Purchased this beauty today from Hero Complex Gallery. Maybe one day I’ll have my work there….. #gremlins
Geeking out over this awesomeness #gremlins (at Hero Complex Gallery)