Age and Health

by Anonymous Jewelry Artist.

I am 48 and suffered a brain hemorrhage and stroke in March 2008. I was very lucky to have survived but now I have been left with disabilities and in the near future further brain surgery.

I love to craft and make jewellery, I was learning to make jewellery just before my hemorrhage and it is only now that I have gone into it with full passion.

I would love to go further with this because it is the only thing that fits perfectly with my health to certain extent (I get tired very quickly).

But the only thing holds me back – is it too late to start thinking of doing something new?

My confidence is so low, but I have been praised with the pieces of jewellery I have made – but I still can’t but help feeling “is it worth it?”


Keep on with your jewelry
by: Rena

Hi Jewel (may I lovingly give you that nickname?),

First of all, I’m glad you have been recovering and that you’re still with us!

And second, you probably already know that jewelry making is one of the best therapies that exists.

Have you read about these lovely jewelry artists who have found that making and selling jewelry fits in well around health issues:

Crohn’s Disease – So What! – Twiggy’s story of how her jewelry business fits in around bouts of Crohn’s disease.

Jewelry Designer, Fitness Instructor – Elizabeth’s story of making and selling jewelry despite rheumatoid arthritis.

Things I’ve Learned About Jewelry Business – Josianne’s story of a jewelry business that grew and blossomed while she recovered from the devastation of a friend’s death.

Jewelry Therapy – The Art of Beading with One Hand – Terri’s courageous story of making jewelry during her recovery from a horrific car accident.

Jewel, I want to encourage you to keep on with your jewelry making! I believe it truly is one of the best things you can do. The flow of creativity is so healing for you in so many ways.

Also, I have to tell you that 48 isn’t too old for anything – I’m right behind you, at 45. :o)

Remember the renowned painter Grandma Moses, who got started in her 70’s? Think of the wonderful things she (and the world) would have missed out on if she’d thought she was too old to get started.

One thing that would be so helpful and encouraging for you is to get involved in some of the online jewelry communities, where you can interact with wonderfully supportive jewelry artists at any hour of the day or night – exchanging ideas, sharing photos of your work, etc.

Please keep on keeping on – and please report back here and let us know how things are going for you.

Many hugs, and wishing you all the best,

No doubt in my mind!
by: Rita

You will be loved and adored after as you were before. I speak with some experience in dealing with health. Two friends and a husband found themselves in the same type of situation as you are describing.

This is what I experienced and observed:

The busier they kept their hands the happier they were;
and the more they kept their mind off of themselves the happier they were.
The more they concentrated on a task the better they got at dong the task.
The more success they had at the task the better they felt about themselves.
The better they felt about themselves the better and positive they felt about their situation.

I am sure you are on a difficult road, however through our weakness we are made strong. Today I can say that a couple of my own ruff roads about did me in, I fell, I tripped, I stumbled, but I never gave up. I learned one valuable thing and that was to doubt my doubts.

Please don’t let your age have anything at all to do with your decisions; please look forward; challenge yourself. I’m 59 ¾. o.O I learn something new everyday and I’ve got so much more to do. My knee is killing me, I don’t have the strength I once had, my eye’s are dwindling; I am a mess! I laugh, I giggle, I talk and complain to my dog. I get Me off my mind, oh and I laugh at myself allot too.

Just think about what an inspiration you can be to all of us! (There are lotz of jewelers here.)

Check us out at

My best to you – You go girl!
“As Iron sharpens Iron, Friends sharpen Friends”
Thank you for sharing and keep us posted.

hmmm. . .
by: Rita

Those question marks were not put there by me, must be a gremlin in the computer!

by: Anonymous

I started making jewelry just 5 years ago, after I retired. Now, at age 70 I am about to embark on a new phase of design and begin using enamel on metals, especially copper.
Is it too late. NO!!!!
My personal philosophy is that if I don’t try I will never experience the joy. And if I give up one single possibility of joy, I am just marking time. Reach for the joy of learning, creating, and sharing. Don’t mark time – make time!

For more information about me and my jewelry, go to


Finding a path in life
by: Rae

Perhaps your health crisis was a push from the Divine to get started on your path in life. I began mine 5 years ago (I’m now 60) when I became ill. I too thought it was too late in life to begin, but now am using my jewelry design work to intuitively create talismans and healing jewelry for people. The stories I get from people have been amazing. I would never have dreamed of doing this. After all, how would a plain old ordinary person be able to do such things. I now believe I completed one stage in life…raising kids, etc…and now can enjoy the crone (read that wise woman, not old bat) stage. Every day holds a new insight, every customer reveals a new dimention in my abilities. Time for you to shine your light!

You must keep PUSHing
by: Karen

Hi Jewel,
You have been blessed with life and with it the opportunity to keep on. God left you here for a reason. It may just be creating beautiful jewelry that makes you and others happy. You’re 48 and I’m 62. I started making jewelry at 58. It give me such joy and I keep the faith that one day it is all going to come together.
If you can’t do it all day, because understandably you get tired, make it for a hour or so. When we are busy we don’t have time or inclination to be depressed. Keep you head up girl, your hands busy making jewelry, and your mind full of new, beautiful ideas. Believe me everything is going to be alright. You are in my prayers and keep PUSHing (Pray Until Something Happens)

Be Strong and Never Give Up
by: Carole

Hello Jewel ( Rena’s lovely name)

At age 50 and after 31 years in the financial industry I was downsided – I cried (wailed actually),was put on medication for depression.
It took me a year to find another position – 6 months later that firm was sold – so at age 54 I returned to College -I was afraid that I couldn’t keep up – that my fellow students wouldn’t want to be friends with me, given the age difference – I obtained an honours degree in counselling and spent 5 years working with those in recovery from drugs, abuse, rape etc. – It was a privlige. I still meet with friends I made during that time (10 years ago) I retired at 60 as my husband had 9 strokes within 3 days and needed help with the daily tasks of living – he has dementia. It was a long journey to to let go of the things enjoyed in the past (he can no longer read) and concentrate on what we can do.
At 61 I started to learn jewellry making – I learned many things 1 – this site is a remarkable resource (thank you Rena and all contributers)
2- jewellry makers are extremely kind and caring
I found several online communities (Wade, knitting, jewelry) that allowed me contact with others as I was house bound.
There will be days when you are down and vulnerable – know that they will pass – reaching out is vital and you have done that with your e-mail – “is it worth it?” that is the depression talking – so what if it now takes hours to do what you used to do in minutes – life is not a race – accept the compliments on your jewelry and believe that you are a creative artist!
I wish you the wonderful adventure of learning new skills, making new friends.Life is not about avoiding life’s storms but about learning to dance in the rain – If I can help in any manner please let me know Hugs Carole

I have MS and it’s therapy!
by: Irene

I somewhat understand. I have MS. Some days no energy, limited others. My hands are often “stupid” and don’t obey what I want them to do. But making jewelry makes me so happy and makes me feel better. I do it at my own pace. I wouldn’t dream of not pursuing it. I give most of it away and that makes me feel good, too – but you could easily get serious about selling if you want. You could do it Internet or even a booth – maybe a friend could work the show for you. Don’t give up!

Keep your eye on the prize
by: Sharon

I would encourage you to stay focused on what you love to do and try to give yourself some grace about your physical process and limitations. Being engaged with something you love to do will help you heal. At 66, I have struggled for years with frequent bouts of chronic fatigue and brain fog and have experienced much frustration and even depression because my body just can’t keep up with my creative ambitions. I’ve been making jewelry off and on for almost 30 years. I’ve accepted I won’t get rich or famous from my work but I do sell a little and am grateful I have a life that allows me to express myself. It’s simple: concentrate on the pleasure of your work and just do it as much as your health allows.

Keep on making jewelry, it is important for your health and cheer!
by: Chris

It is worth it! Keep on working on your jewelry. You need that joy to help you get better. There are many of us out here doing the same thing, working through huge obstacles. There is a Quaker prayer: “Proceed as the way opens”, it applies here.
Do what you can with the strength you have, rest and think about designs or the next step in your project. Let yourself go at the speed you need. Think how many mistakes you will avoid by
going as carefully as you need to go. When I have to take a nap (no
option, I have to do it), I make sure there is paper and pencil in reach so I can write down any ideas that come to me when I wake up.
Mostly, you deserve that delight, you need it Jewel! Keep on working at your jewelry. It is so worth it.


MS with vision problems
by: KL Jewelry Design

Two years ago I was diagnosed with MS. That’s about the time I decided I was going to start my business. I’ve had three times where my vision was directly affected and have problems seeing to date. Add to that problems making my hands work with the small items I’ve fallen in love with chain maille and in my opinion is what has helped me recover much of the abilities I lost through MS. Keep plugging away and don’t let anyone tell you what you make is no good. There is always someone to buy what you make. Usually when you least expect that one item you made years ago will sell.

It keeps you happy
by: Teresa

Hi! Glad to hear you are on the road to recovery. Many people ahead of me have stated all the benefits health wise of jewelry making. Yes it keeps your hands going as well as your mind, nurtures creativity,etc. It makes you HAPPY! That’s what really matters. All the rest will fall into place. Happy crafting!!!

Keep on keepin on
by: the Dajamaia family

I can’t say I’m going through anything NEAR what you are but its people like you who are putting themselves out there.. and keep on keeping on that inspire me every day to just get out there and LIVE LIFE to the best that I can. Some days are better than others and our Best varies at times according to illness, how tired we are, etc. but that’s natural and normal. I have a painting that I keep in my studio that was painted by an amazing artist with MS who paints with a brush in her mouth to remind me that there is NO reason to not create! We can do AMAZING things with just passion and belief to fuel us along. Thank you for your courage and for all those who shared their own stories in the comments. I dont know if any of the others mentioned it but I have found to be a wonderful community full of artists from all different backgrounds who are so kind and caring and willing to share their ideas, compliments, knowledge, etc. I dont own a shop there yet just purchase supplies but I’d like to someday and am working towards it. They have so many resources there to learn new techniques, starting a small business info, forums to chat with other artists in and much much more. I wish you all the best and send you lots of love and prayers!!

Makana and the Dajamaia Family

You can do it
by: Laura

I am almost 54 and disabled due to several auto-immune diseases. I began making jewelry 3 years ago just before becoming disabled.
I love it. It does fit my disability. I can sit and create. When I need to get up and walk around I can. There is never a time limit to get something done.
I can’t stand or walk more than 15 minutes at a time. If I sit too long my knees, ankles and feet swell terribly.
Making jewelry at home is the best. I have repeat customers that are great. I also have and Etsy store and Artfire store.
Go for it! You can do it!

Keep it Going…
by: Jan

Hi, my name is Jan and I am a 54 yo female who is also a jewelry designer and lampworker (make my own glass beads). I was diagnosed with a very rare and incurable cancer of the blood, called Multiple Myeloma, in 1/07. Went through 14 months of chemotherapy and then underwent a bone marrow transplant in 5/08. I have always made my own jewelry for me and family and friends, but while in the hospital for 6 weeks for the transplant, I was introduced to lampworking by one of the nurses that does it, and just HAD to try it. Well..what was the VERY FIRST thing I did after being discharged from the transplant?? Ordered ALL materials to get me started in lampworking! I may have cancer, but it doesn’t have me and yes, I also experience EXTREME fatigue, so I work around it. I am “retired”, so what if it takes me all day to make a few beads? That’s ok….I did something I love and accomplished something. We all have limitations of one kind or another, but that doesn’t mean we give up! I know I’m a fighter, so I had to pursue lampworking and continue my jewelry designing. That’s just me. Who in their right mind, after receiving a diagnosis like mine, would start a new business? I still laugh when I think about it! SO please, keep doing what you are doing, it will help you heal too. Come read about my journey at, as I have documented it from day 1 and continue to do so. You have the strength inside, tap into it. 🙂

Jewelry Friends Abound…
by: Kathie

As you were lovingly named, Jewell….. How appropriate. I’ve found that Rena’s connections to the jewelry world are priceless. Her insight, intelligence and kindness motivate significantly! The people that you will connect with through this site are magnificent individuals. I encourage you to pursue your “therapy” of jewelry making…. I can only speak about myself (but I get the strongest feeling that everyone else agrees) you will have gazillions (?) of people to cheer you on, encourage you and inspire you! I’ve heard it said that we find our angels in the strangest places – I think that you had some devine intervention that led you here…. God Bless…. I look forward to seeing your posts….

You’re too young to ask that question!
by: Jackie (Glass Goddess)

I’m a 59 year old heart patient who now does jewelry full time to support myself.

When I read your question, I asked myself,

“Is it worth it?”, but the question is not complete.

Is it worth it to surround yourself with beautiful things?

Is it worth it to constantly make new friends, either in person at a show, or long distance when you sell online, perhaps thru Etsy, which is very reasonable.

Is it worth it to have something you created become part of a special celebration – a birthday, wedding, thank you. You will part of the happy memories of others.

Also, is it worth it to feel useful and creative?
To have something productive to do even when you work around a low energy level.

Whatever made you feel good about creating jewelry before your stroke, probably still applies now. You’re just creating differently around your present circumstances.

I have a friend who had a stroke in her 40’s a few years ago. She lost most of the sight of one eye, and is still making jewelry and selling at shows. If you want to do shows later, there will be people who will help you.

Whatever your health situation is, and whatever you choose to do, that burning desire is in you, and I hope it will help you heal and be happy.

Warmest wishes for healing and happy times creating!


It’s ALWAYS worth it
by: Maelinde

I began my journey into jewelry making back in 2001. Shortly thereafter, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

I have good days and bad with several in between. Simply creating anything helps me feel better.

Please don’t give up on jewelry design. We have a divine right to be creative. In fact, mankind has been creating art since the beginning. The cave paintings in Lescaux, France are a good example of ancient art.

Creating art makes us feel good about ourselves, especially when a complete stranger compliments the jewelry being worn that is a piece created by us.

When you’re not feeling creative simply pick up a book, look outside, check out tutorials online. Gather input. You’ll begin the output stage as soon as you’re ready to start making the piece. Always stay creative whether you’re gathering info or actually making something.

You’ll be so very glad you did!


Age & Health
by: phyl

May I also call you “Jewel”? I think it suits you well. I can not imagine what you have had to go through, & will be going through: no one expects at the age of 48 to have one’s life crashing down on them. But, Jewel, I think you are a survivor; a person with such determination & will…you can do anything you set your mind to. The brain is a marvelous muscle, we have to keep exercising it, the same as any other muscle. By not giving in to the feelings of depression, & the “what ifs”, you are starting your brain on it’s new path. It may take longer to work with the tools you are familiar with, but there is nothing like the joy of creating. So please don’t give up on yourself. Your new brain is trying to let you know that the fight is still on. The best of luck to you, & please let us know how everything is going.
All the best,
Phyllis Middleton

You Can Do This, Believe In Yourself
by: WinterSun

I am so happy to know that you beat the stroke, it did NOT beat you. My sister had the same thing in her early 40’s and it has not slowed her one bit in her daily routine. She is now in her 60’s and still going (I call her the Energizer Bunny).

I started making jewelry for fun in the 70’s, then picked it up again in the 90’s and have been doing it since then. I make some money from craft shows, selling to friends and online. You would think by now I would just say I give up (because of no serious profit) but I just love making jewelry. I don’t have an illness (and consider myself blessed) but I’ve made jewelry through some stressful times, such as; in the middle of losing an apartment I loved, moving and having to make a necklace for a bride to be by candle light because I had no electricity, Oh, never mind that I got this crazy notion to do craft shows even though I don’t drive and don’t own a car. The cab drivers had a good time laughing at me everytime I called one to take me to and from a show. And last but not least, in the midst of all this helping a sibling to care for our mother who was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Is it worth it, YES!! I still have my sanity.

I tell you all this to say that if jewelry making is your passion than there is no way you can give up. Doing something new is what keeps you going. Once you get yourself back in gear it somehow mellows out the rest of what you are going through. Most of all you must not push yourself, do what you can when you can. And take brakes when you need them. Trust me, the creativity will come.

God Bless

Positive Outcomes are Always Possible
by: Tin Star

Keep at it! My partner suffered a similar health crisis at age 54, just after we had started our part-time jewelry business together. Afterward, she suffered from brain damage due to lack of oxygen to the brain and so, she could no longer work a full-time job. We decided that once her recovery progressed, we would go into the jewelry business full time. Now, five years later, we both know that was the best decision we could have made. It has been good for her health, self-esteem, creativity, and it has allowed her to earn a very lucrative income. We could have never guessed the long term positive turn her life would take after having suffered from such a debilitating health crisis. This may be the door to your positive turn in life also. Good luck and God bless you!

by: Anonymous

I’m 47 (stroke 3 years). I am polymer clay and make jewelry all the time. Left handed (non dominate) too!! Right hand _finger_ don’t work. Clamp hook ok… thumb ok. Last year I got into polymer clay and I am learning how to make jewelry. I spend lots of time on the internet on websites about jewelry.

I’m 47 (stroke 3 years). I work _with_ polymer clay and make jewelry all the time. I was right handed but use my left hand now.

Go for it
by: Patriciai

Like you I have suffered for years with several disabilities and pain is large part of my life. I think jewelry and beading is excellent for those of who struggle. While I have sold very little, I get a lot of positive comments on the jewelry I make and for a little while, it takes my mind off my health challenges. So, good luck to you and go for it.

Thank You to your all
by: Jewell

Thank you Rena and to everyone else here, you are all truely inspirational and I have and will continue my new path of making jewellery. I will soon will have my own website so looking forward to that.
I just wish everyone here the best of health and continue with making their dreams come true.

More positive Input
by: Debbie

I have a story similar to Jaimie’s. I suffer from chronic depression and five years ago I had a spell that took me to the very bottom. I’ve never been the same since. I am a shell of what I used to be.
So many days I have felt like I can barely keep my head above water and sometimes it comes down to taking one MINUTE at a time.
I have not been able to hold a job since this episode, I have gained in excess of fifty pounds from the meds and I’ve had to rely on my husband to completely support us which leaves me full of guilt and adds to my depression. Oh woes me!
I tell you this not so you can feel sorry for me but because you need to realize that there is life after any crisis.
Four years ago I started fidling around with bits of wire and some beads. It was very therapeutic for me. The more I did, the more I wanted to do. I also played with watercolors and pastels and anything else my heart desired. It wasn’t that expensive. A lot of times I picked up supplies from the dollar store.
Fast forward to today and I have a full blown craft room and a shop on ETSY to sell my creations which I have return customers just waiting to see the next creation.
The thing to focus on is this: it’s not about how much I sell but the fact that I am doing something in a comfortable environment putting in the hours that are suitable to me and loving the results of my work. It’s true, I am not the same person as before but I am not a burden to society either. I have what many people dream of: a stay at home “job”, I make my own hours, I do what I like to do, I nap when I am tired or having a bad day,I spend all day with my dog and my favorite music playing and even though I haven’t been creative in the last three months-I made a sale last week!
It’s never too late to learn and start something new (I’m forty two) and I encourage you to go forward with this and don’t look back. We can get caught up in what could have been.

Jewell – Polymer Clay a good choice
by: Maelinde

I saw that another jewelry artist here uses polymer clay. I do as well. I started working with it to create beads and pendants for jewelry and now do so much more with it.

For those who have suffered a stroke, have arthritis, or any other mobility restricting conditions – polymer clay is excellent for pain relief, strengthening the hands, and it just feels good to work with!

I have a few friends who have had strokes, and they’re amazed at how much “muscle memory” is retained after such an incident.

Jewell – you are an inspiration. Please continue to work with your art, as it really does help physically, mentally, and emotionally. Besides, there is a vast array of groups linked to jewelry design and art of all kinds.

To quote one of my favorite lines from the movie “Galaxy Quest” –

“Never give up, Never surrender!!”

Maelinde (Debbie Gill)

It’s never to late!
by: Sharon

I made my first necklace from wooden thread spools and twine when I was about three or four years old and my grandma gave me them to keep me occupied. I wish I had taken it up again when I was 48 like you, but it wasn’t until I was in my late 50’s, that I started making necklaces again. I’ve had an online jewelry business for about five years now and although I’m not getting rich, I’m doing okay. It’s never to late to start making beautiful things, especially when it’s jewelry. Bless you in your healing. Creative efforts will help you, I’m sure of it.


one-handed jewelry making
by: Jane J.

To Terri Jacoby – it is amazing what you have been able to do! Your jewelry is beautiful!

I have a question – exactly how do you do it with one hand?

I have “tennis elbow” from using pliers to make wire-work jewelry. It is actually scarring on the tendon around the elbow, from small tears that happen when one grips something (tennis racket, pliers, etc) alot. The pain sometimes goes all the way down my arm . The doctor says it will not go away on it’s own. In fact it will only get worse, especially if I continue to do what I’m doing. So I am having a procedure done to break up the scar tissue, and, hopefully, heal and get back to normal. I won’t be able to use pliers for 3-4 months!

I’d love to know a way to do some jewelry making, including at least simple wire-wrapping, with one hand. Terri, or others in this predicament, can you share some of your techniques?

Keep going
by: Julie Ann

Although I haven’t had a stroke, or brain surgery, I have several chronic health issues. I have learned to work around most of my disabilities. If you get frustrated, put it down, and try again later. It’s amazing how one can learn to do things differently. It takes time, but I know you can do this! Think “outside the box” and under no circumstances allow anyone tell you you can’t!

by: Anonymous

DEFINITELY CONTINUE AND LEARN! That is the best therapy! I am glad you are “working” to get well again — please don’t give up – EVER. Making jewelry can give you something to look forward to, no matter how hard it can be at first – work through it — keep going — never give up!
You will be in my prayers.

I will not be giving up, in fact I am now busy with the jewellery.
by: Jewel

Again thank you for all your sincere words and wisdom. I am working hard on my website and as soon as it is up and running I will let you all know.

I wish everyone else here success and good health we can achieve our goals.

Don’t forget to stretch!!
by: Maelinde

Sometimes we get really focused on our jewelry creations that we forget to stretch occasionally.

Simple neck and arm stretches will keep us healthy, strong, and able to create more jewelry!

Gentle neck stretches – my Doc calls them “Yes”(up and down) and “No” (side to side)stretches once an hour will help you to keep from getting sore. Of course, if you have any serious medical conditions, check with your doc first.

Work smarter, not harder. 🙂

by: Linda Halvorson of Wissota Jewelry

I started making jewelry 5 years ago. I have had MS for 35 years and finally had to give up employment and go on disability. Despite limited tactile sensation in my hands, I’ve been able to make jewelry using bead boards and my vision to align beads and run the wire through them. I’m not fast, but have sold my jewelry through fairs, consignment and a webpage. It will never make me rich (nor probably pay for all the beads I buy!), but it brings me satisfaction, joy and pride to be able to make things of beauty that people enjoy. I’ve also specialized in using magnetic clasps for people like myself who have limited dexterity.

I’m sorry for you health problems, but encourage you to continue!

fought cancer and won
by: Anonymous

I just fought cancer and won. my surgery was 2 weeks ago, all pathology was negative, so they got everything. i am chomping at the bit to get back to ‘work’ creating. i will have to start small, likely beads and such, as i have limited use of my left arm/shoulder for a while. the idea of being able to continue to create is part of what i wanted to be cured and live for. i just got a new welding torch and will be incorporating metal into my sculpture when im feeling up to it. so my suggestion would be to use your creative voice to help you heal. good luck to you.

Enjoy life
by: Anonymous

Hi 🙂

I’ve been house bound for several years and bed bound for the two years. I am tube fed and in incredible pain all the time.

I started making jewellery as I was bored of watching TV and reading all the time. I might only be able to do an hour or so every day before the pain gets too bad and the morphine makes my head spin, but it has given me a whole new lease of life. I now have something to look forward to and feel as though I am achieving something.

My illness has held me back, as I cannot do all wire work, which I would love to do. I simply have not got the strength to manipulate the wire and use a hammer. However I can manage other types of jewellery making.

I’m sure it will do you the world of good as it will help stimulate your brain and give you something to enjoy.

Age is no barrier either. I am on a forum and one of the members is in her 80s, and she only started making jewellery a year ago!

I hope you don’t let your fears stop you from doing something you’d enjoy. You only get 1 shot at it, so live it to the full. If you are physically able to make jewellery and you want to do so, don’t let anything hold you back. Just enjoy life and make the most of it. 🙂

If I can do it — You can do it
by: JoAnne Green

You are Jewel with one l, my shop manequin is Jewell with 3 l’s.
The above should clue you into where I am in jewelry business. I maintain a studio and shop in a Large booth in an antique mall. I am there 3 of the 4 days they are open, if I am feeling well. Lately I’ve been there a lot less, but it is my place. The mall gives me a discount on my rent because of the customer traffic I bring in.
Now, here is the thing or things: I will be 72 in July. I am in powered wheelchair and drive my own adapted van. I began making jewelry only 6 years ago. It keeps me young. I meet so many nice people.
I started slow – picked up speed – still trying new techniques – still listening to the gemstones and beads and pearls and crystals as they talk to me
So, If I can do, You can do it. YOU GO GIRL

You can do it
by: Sylvia

Hello jewelry artist…I know how you feel because I have a husband who is also a stroke victim just recently, just last January 13, 2011 but that does not stop him to do silver business. Right now he is still confine to a wheelchair but doing well. He is my consultant, I work in sales and marketing in a jewelry factory.

He always have wonderful ideas on how to do the business and we are planning to put up our own silver business too.

As long as you are able to think and create disability is not a hindrance to your success. Be strong and always be optimistic you can do it, you still can do so many things. Never think of age and health as roadblocks to your success. If you easily get tired then do it in a small way little by little you will be there soon.

Let me know how are you going…you can always reach me personally.

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  • Cindy says:

    Having a creative outlet is so wonderful and a hugely healthy thing to do. There is always a way to do something. I’ve been making jewelry since I was little, now a retired occupational therapist. I too have my own health challenges. If you ever need help with anything due to fine motor or visual perceptual issues just ask and perhaps together we can come up with an idea to make you successful. You have so many great posts here, so nice there is support out there.

  • Laura Malouf says:

    Wow! I am so glad I stumbed on this today. As I type this I can hardly move my hands and hardly write. I have created jewerly the last 4 years. I am 64. I have lupus and am a breast cancer survivor and suffer from depression. Jewel and everyone who has responded has given me such hope. I was wondering the same thing too. Should I give up something I love because I haven’t been able to do much this year? I sold well the first year and then financial problems on top health problems and hands hurting. Anyone know what happens after 3rd year I have business license and don’t make a profit? I think I have to pay for business license in CA exempt first 3 years. I have about 1-1/2 years to go. I have etsy website – but not active. I used to have own website but only sold one thing on it so gave up. Have gone to Rose Bowl and sold to friends and where I live. Everyone loves my jewelry when they see it in person. Also can’t seem to take good pictures. Had to give up car so now can’t do shows unless rent a car. I just don’t know. I love doing it but wonder if I am fooling myself thinking I can build this up to a business. You all are an inspiration. (I am out of antidepressant and waiting for check to get it). Thanks for listening and I will reread all your comments to Jewel. We are not alone. Good luck to you all.

  • Kathy Spiers says:

    I also highly recommend you join a great online support group: Physically Challenged Artists Support Group:

    Many of us make jewelry but we are artists of all media and welcome anyone who has challenges with their art due to physical disabilities. There you will find great support from folks who truly understand your struggle! Come, check us out!!

  • Jen Ashley says:

    Please do consider the above link that Kathy provided. I admin for the group but am also a licensed PTA for 10+ years and and worked most of that time with stroke patients so I may be of some help. I also deal with chronic pain and have been making jewelry for about 5 years. So please consider joining our group.

  • Mary Weiss says:

    I am so glad I found this. Jewel, you reached out and touched so many hearts! I spent my career as an Occupational Therapist working with people who had strokes and brain injuries. Jewelry making is wonderful for all the reasons others have mentioned. It is also great therapy! Like Cindy said, there are ways to modify your jewelry making to help you get around problems. You will also find that as you ‘lose yourself’ in something you love, you will be able to do more and more.
    I was not ready to give up my practice when I had to go out on disability. I was sure it would be temporary, so I put my life on hold until I got better. That didn’t work. I now seem to be collecting diagnoses like one would butterflies for a display case. It was easy to slip into isolation and depression. I spent years focused on the ‘whys’ and fears surrounding my neurological problems. I credit some strong friendships and my therapy experience with helping me to begin my journey to the life I have now. I had just begun making jewelry when I had a stroke. It really affected my dominant left arm. I used jewelry making to help in my rehab. Jewelry making is now my artistic expression. I am in my studio every day! I’m so grateful for the world it has opened for me. Now, I am beginning to reach out and learn to keep in touch with other artists. Thanks for being there for me.

  • Mary, we’re so glad to have you here and sharing your jewelry journey with us. I’m sorry to hear about your health situation – but very glad you have your own daily “jewelry therapy” and the beauty of channeling your artistic expression. We’d love to see what you’re working on, if you’d like to share it here. 🙂

  • Karen Sorey says:

    I, too, have a disability, it’s one you cannot see by looking or observing me. After an accident, I was without oxygen for a while. It took the paramedics three tries to shock my heart into beating again. Due to the period of time I was without oxygen, cells died in the section of my brain where short term memories are stored until they become long term memories. My short term memory was in the section of cells that was injured. I can remember everything right up to the moment of the accident, but nothing afterwards. It happened 14 years ago. We’ve recently moved to Alabama from our home of 24 years in Mississippi, so this is a big challenge, but also exciting time for us. I truly thank God for the sense of humor He gave me to help deal with my short term memory loss..when my husband tells me (as I’m heading out the door to shop) “Don’t spend a lot of money!” I just tell him as I come in the house loaded down with bags…”OOPS, I forgot you told me that..” We’re in a temporary apartment until our home sells and we buy a new one…I had a craft room in our home with lots of storage, now I’m down to plastic organizer compartment storage…things are starting to tarnish & organizing everything visually (so I can actually SEE what I have, since I can’t remember what I have is the problem…any ideas? Sorry this is so long…I was starting to forget what I wanted to know! 😉

  • Cindy greenburg says:

    Dear Karen S
    How exciting to move. You can try a few things to help with organization.
    1. Color code bins of beads I use the rainbow colored multi-drawer cart.
    2. Try labels of what’s inside. You can add a color dot too for color indication.
    3 take photos of what’s in the drawer for attachment to outside of drawer.
    4. You can alphabetize the drawers too
    5. Combine any of these ideas together.
    6 keep all like items in close proximity. All clasps, wire, crimps etc. make sure to label sizes on each container, envelope, bottle.
    Good Luck and have fun!

  • Carla says:

    Go for it. I lost my husband…the second one I have lost to this awful disease of lung cancer this spring. I have collected the stuff…and over the years much stuff…and this winter I plan to craft to my heart’s content. I sell jewelry in my massage therapy office…not much yet, but who knows. I have put my energy into getting the room put together but now that winter is upon us and the transitional gotta-dos are under control I am really looking forward to crafting therapy and healing. Blessings to you. Never stop creating or searching for joy. Life is too short. Love.

  • Stephanie says:

    Greetings! I’m not sure when this post was written. But I want to extend love and support in your direction. My Father survived a major hemorrhage at the age of 39. Tho paralyzed on the right side of his body, he lived a very full life. He pursued his life long love of photography and even bought a “left handed” camera! I wish you HUGE success and continued healing and recovery! Follow your passion. If I can be of service in any way please don’t hesitate to contact me. One Love, Many Blessings. Sincerely, Stephanie

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