– Okay guys, I’m gonna let you all in on what I’m working on. I have a dream! Since I started working with the clay last fall I noticed some things: it helps my brain communicate better with my hands; it boosts my mood; helps my depth perception; makes my brain work in a straight line to follow directions on tutorials; strengthens my grip; keeps my hands from stiffening up, therefore reducing pain; and more. Unfortunately, when I can’t afford to buy any clay, the effects start reversing.
So I began my quest with trying to find a clay supplier who would offer a good discount to artists with disabilities. While I was waiting for their replies, the dream began to form. I met last Sunday with the lady that lives across the street from mom and dad. She has had MS for, I think she said, over 15 years and her’s is not the recurring/remitting kind like mine. She just continually gets worse. She used to be on the board of the local MS Society and is very knowledgeable about what kind of assistance is out there for us. I told her about my problem with keeping myself supplied with clay on a consistent basis. She gave me a whole “to do” list of places to call and get applications from.
While I was waiting for the clay companies and the apps, I went to my doctor for a check up and told her about all of this and she gave me a signed statement to use stating that is was a part of my routine for therapeutic reasons. After I left there, I started thinking, if I am getting this much benefit from this activity, wouldn’t other MS patients get similar results? That started a bonfire of activity in my brain. I got back on my Yahoo and sent out a couple more e-mails to the manufacturers. One of them contacted me back within the same day asking for a more definitive calculation of my needs. I shot one back to them and I’m waiting on their reply. Here is what I laid out for them:
My ultimate goal is to get working with clay to be a recognized physical/neurological/emotional therapy and fully support it. I need just one manufacturer to commit to being our corporate sponsor and supplying us with X amount of clay per year to use in workshops for MS patients. Then I will go to the equipment manufacturers and get one of them to agree in supplying X amount of equipment per year. We in return will publicly advertise their support of our program. Twice a year we will hold a big wing ding of an auction, televised and all that jazz, to sell the things that are made by said MS patients with the proceeds going back into the MS Foundation/Society for their funding of research for a cure.
Say a prayer that this supplier with come up with an agreement for me!!! The e-mail from them sounded very promising indeed 🙂 That’s my dream and the reason behind my poem today.
Love to you all!!
Peace and blessings, Terri