Lets Start At The Beginning – Unequivocally Me 2.0

Lets Start At The Beginning – Unequivocally Me 2.0

Hello and welcome to my Substack

Some of you may have been following me through my website or blogger posts, ‘ Unequivocally Me’.  I have decided to move onto this platform as it is a little more flexible regarding features.  At the moment, all my content will be free, and I may, down the track, have some additional reads for subscribers only.

I thought I would reintroduce myself to those who don’t know me or would like to get reacquainted.

My name is Michelle, and I am a full time Artist from Melbourne, Australia.  I have been married for 20 years and have two children.  I am also a step-mum to my husband’s girls since they were teeny tiny.   I have had many professions throughout my lifetime and discovered the ‘artist within’ when I was diagnosed with stomach cancer at the age of 39 in 2011.  Due to the nature of my surgery and recovery, I had to relearn how to do many things, including what life was going to look like with a few missing organs.

Travelling through the last 13 years has been an enormous learning experience.  I have gained an unfathomable amount of knowledge about how my body works, what I am truly capable of and how critical kindness and community is.  It has been nothing short of a colossal initiation into what my life should have always been.  I thought I had it licked!  Number 13, lucky for some and all that.   Well, the Universe wasn’t entirely done with me.

The same week I was sharing my cancerversary on socials, I was heading back in for scans as part of my yearly cancer screening. You guessed it, pancreatic cancer. I can’t say I was surprised as my fatigue had hit an all-time high.   Fortunately for me, my spider senses were already tingling. I’d started working with a dietitian and a diabetic educator in October 2022 and was only a few weeks away from seeing an endocrinologist.  I knew my body was up to something, and I made sure my concerns were being heard.

This diagnosis has come with some new challenges, as well as circling back over some old trauma just to make sure I’d learned my lessons.  I have come away from the experience with a renewed sense of wisdom and understanding, and amongst the chaos, there has been my constant – art.

My intention with this blog is to share what I have been through and how I have navigated the trickier parts of life.  How my use of creativity and art has had the power to heal, inspire, and transform me. By sharing my journey and experiences with art as therapy, I hope to inspire others to embark on their own path of self-discovery and healing through creative expression.

My purpose is to live an authentic life. I want to continue to support and empower others just by being me.  We can all harness the healing power of art to navigate life’s challenges.

I hope you’ll join me.

Michelle xx

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