Emily Ruth of Chronically Creative speaks about her life, her conditions, her inspirations, her faith, and what she hopes for others. (PART 1)
At Pain Resource, we enjoy meeting people who, despite their pain, are able to find something creative and inspiring to do with their lives. These humble heroes are making a significant impact in the lives of fellow pain sufferers and those who love and care for them.
Emily Ruth is one such hero who has created a blog, Chronically Creative, from her home in Australia. Miss Chronically Creative (as her blog followers call her) has been battling several debilitating pain conditions for her entire adult life, including Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Endometriosis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. She blogs often and insists that creativity isn’t impaired by illness. Her mission is to inspire others to be active and creative and to find a positive and effective outlet for their pain.
Over the course of the next few days, PainResource will post highlights of our interview with Emily in our blog series, Life Goes On. This week’s subject: Miss Chronically Creative.
Tell us about yourself. What do you do for a living? In addition to blogging, what other hobbies do you have?
I’m 24 and am currently single. I am on a disability pension, and I live at home with my parents in Australia since I am still unable to return to my studies or to work. Most of my friends have finished university, have begun their careers, and are getting married and having children. By this point in my life, I had hoped to be doing the same, teaching kindergarten and pursuing a relationship/marriage.
Instead, I am rapidly approaching 25 and feeling a little apprehensive about my future. No one can tell me when I’m going to feel better or when I’ll be able to fully get back to my normal life. Still, I am filled with hope and refuse to believe that things won’t get better. I have no doubt that my prince charming is out there, and I fully expect to eventually earn my degree in teaching.
The education track is demanding, however, and I don’t yet feel well enough to endure days in a classroom full of children. So, I am taking some time to focus on health and exercise. Once I get my strength back, I intend to return to either a retail job or to my studies. Eventually, I hope to start a small craft and/or cupcake business and have dreams of becoming a published author one day, as well.
In spite of my chronic pain and fatigue, I have discovered talents that I would not otherwise have known had I been well. In addition to blogging, I love making cards, baking cupcakes, scrapbooking, and decorating my nails. I pursued these hobbies after falling ill, and they have brought me immense joy, helping me to cope with the chaos that chronic pain has brought into my life.
Learning to sew is also at the top of my to learn list. I also enjoy reading murder mystery books and watching animal documentaries. My favorite television shows include Home and Away, Grey’s Anatomy, Revenge and Downtown Abbey.