Autoimmune Disease - Diagnosis Journey & RubyFEST

Hello friends and followers.

I feel that it is time to share on my public art platform about more details of my current life.

The first thing that I want to say is that, literally every moment of a day I am physically able to work on art, I am streaming it on my Twitch.tv for you to join in! So please follow me on twitch as MeheenRuby.

I’m actually typing this during a stream.

It’s a good way to boost my mood while “working” - I am on medical leave from all work at the moment and using art as a therapy tool to cope with my illness rather than a way to generate income since the first week of May.

In April I began to feel some serious health symptoms. The symptoms have progressed to the point where after early May I was physically unable to drive or complete my job tasks and many common household tasks.

As some of the physical symptoms have alleviated, specifically the pinched nerve injury, I still have serious symptoms from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Uterine fibroids and potential Endometriosis, and an Autoimmune myopathy, potentially myositis in some form.

Over the next several months I have many scheduled appointments including a consultation about proceeding with a diagnostic surgery.

I am optimistic and heartened by the love and support of my community.

Please clear your calendars for Friday, September 13th. I would like to share with you not just my work but the work of my support system of loving and talented artists, musicians, writers, scientists, and teachers.

I have received nothing but help from my community. Whatever ails me, I plan to adjust and heal as much as is reasonable. For now I have secure access to health care. However that may not always be the case if I am unable to do some serious fundraising. Shockingly my first needs fundraiser to cover housing costs and medical bill support became fully funded within 3 days and exceeded my expectations.

Please reach out to me if you would like to be involved in the first annual RubyFEST.

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A Studio Transition - Welcome to my Garage!

Welcome to my garage!

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I made the decision at the end of the year to leave my group studio space at ArtWorks PG and clean out my garage to work from home.

I was a little worried at first — I was losing my display space and a community of people who offered lovely feedback and company. However, I also left behind a steady flow of interruptions, the constant demand of the monthly open house, and the drama that can come from 20 artists in collaboration. “We’re artists, we’re emotional!” was a common theme.

Now that I do not have the constrains of displaying my work as it is being created, and creating in such a public space, I am finding that I am really getting a lot more work done!

It’s also nice to not have to drive 30 minutes to get to my studio space. I love being able to take a break, do some laundry, cook a meal, and having the ownership of the space to have guests and friends.

I love my city of Marina and strongly prefer it to Pacific Grove — an unpopular opinion on the Peninsula but I’m happy to defend it.

Do you prefer working in a studio outside the home or inside the home? Let me know!