Drum roll, please…
The winning drawing (featured at left) will appear in Celeste's upcoming book Broken Body, Wounded Spirit: Balancing the See-Saw of Chronic Pain, Winter Devotions. Jen will also receive a signed copy of the book.
One of the reasons Celeste held this contest was to encourage all of us with chronic pain to draw a picture of ourselves that shows how we feel when we're in pain. Why? Because it is cathartic. In fact, experts suggest it is possibly one of the best self-reflection tools available.
Even though the contest is over, Celeste encourages you to give it a try. You don't have to be an artist. You can even draw a stick figure and write descriptive words around it. The point is to make a visual representation of your pain. You don't even have to show it to anyone if you don't want to.
So the next time you're struggling with pain, try grabbing a pencil and paper and expressing how you're feeling in a drawing.
About the sponsor: Celeste Cooper is a retired RN, educator, fibromyalgia patient, and lead author of Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Myofascial Pain: The Mind-Body Connection (coauthor, Jeff Miller PhD) and the four-part book series Broken Body, Wounded Spirit, Balancing the See Saw of Chronic Pain (coauthor, Jeff Miller PhD) – of which Volume 1 – Fall Devotions and Volume 2 – Summer Devotions have already been published. She is also a fibromyalgia expert for Dr. Oz, et al., at Sharecare.com and she advocates for all chronic pain patients as a participant in the Pain Action Alliance to Implement a National Strategy. You can read more educational information and about her books on her website, TheseThree.com.