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UK Painter Credits The NHS With Helping Her Fight Against Crippling Illness: 'I'm Learning To Deal With The Pain And Started To Paint Again After 40 Years'
Thursday 31 October 2019
From UK news outlet London News Online:
Painter credits the NHS with helping her fight against crippling illness: ‘I’m learning to deal with the pain and started to paint again after 40 years’
A painter has credited the NHS for helping her fight back against a crippling illness, and to pick her brush back up after she had stopped for 40 years.
Juli Fejér, of Southfields Road, Wandsworth, suffers with fibromyalgia, which can cause muscle stiffness, memory and concentration issues and extreme tiredness.
After trying a number of different tactics to alleviate the pain over four decades, she opted to try the NHS pain management course at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, which helped boost her confidence and get her back on her feet.
She managed to start painting again in January this year, and in early October she held an open house showcasing her art, as part of Wandsworth Artists’ Open House project.
Juli said: “For decades fibromyalgia blighted my life. “I lost my job, I lost touch with friends and became depressed. “Just when things seemed at their lowest, my mother died suddenly.
“I was overwhelmed by despair. “Forcing myself to look outwards at the everyday world kept me going.
“I started to draw on my iPad and share pictures on Facebook.
“I taught myself how to use new media and began selling paintings online.
“But the real turning point came in January when I went on an NHS pain management course at St George’s Hospital, Tooting.”
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