Hello & welcome!
Thank you for your interest in the Apples For AS. The Art Apple A Day project was created by Jennifer Dye Visscher to help raise awareness of a disease she has called Ankylosing Spondylitis.
The apples are posted in blog format so you will see the last apple first. To start from Apple ONE please visit here. Each apple is posted with thoughts, ideas, and in a blog or diary format. If you are looking for specific information related to this project or about spondylitis you will find a search box in the top black bar for your convenience.
To stay up to date on the latest happenings with Jenna, please stop by her current website JenniferVisscher.com
All my best, and thank you for learning a bit about my apples and their significance!
One day to go.
I can’t believe it. Only one apple left after tonight. It’s been a crazy few days and to be honest – I’m feeling exhausted. Between the event preparations of this last month, the travel and jet lag, and the early morning today to get ready for being at KPIX at 7:00 am has been a bit much. When you have AS, you prepare and plan. How long can I do something, how long can I stand, sit, or walk. We think of contingencies and then prepare for the worst and hope for the best. But what happens is that sometimes we go to New York city and spend the day in the hotel room.
I expected this would be the schedule but I hoped for boundless and endless energy! Oh well – I know I’ll make it through the Apple-A-Thon. Resting today was just a little bit of added insurance. My family and friends will be with me – holding me up and cheering me on. I love you all so much for doing this with me, for taking your time and your energies and sharing them with me, for my dreams. I love you all so very much.
Day 364 was created in acrylics and graphite.
***For any of you who haven’t seen the interview yet – here’s the link! Make sure to take a look at the great article the station did for us below the video!
***When we got to the station – two things happened that I thought I’d share. First, the producer said “wow, we wish you could paint an apple while you talk” – can you imagine! I’d love to paint an apple on t.v. but no one would have heard a word I said about AS. Maybe if I’ve got 10 minutes on a show and not 2! How bout next time??? Second thing was that they said all of my apples were too small (I thought we’d gone over that!) and did I have something bigger? Quick call to my Dad back at the hotel and he jumped in a cab and brought over the Apple-A-Thon Poster which ended up being perfect – and Dad got to see the inner workings of the t.v. station too! All in all, it all worked out and it was a great experience. Hopefully a little bit of knowledge and awareness about AS was spread today!
***Here’s a photo of me resting with my niece Parker and nephew Beckett. Parker picked out this beautiful magnet for me today – it’s an apple and I adore it!
***My thoughts today with my friend Amanda and her daughter Alexandra.
Today is Johnny Appleseed Day!
I for one will celebrating and thinking about the glorious apple.
They have come to mean so much to me and hopefully to you all as well. Maybe I had apples on the brain all those months ago because it is simply the time of the year for the apple harvests. Perhaps it was that the adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” was so meaningful at the time but for sure the idea sparked in me for a reason.
What do you think Johnny Appleseed would think of blue spondylitis apples? I have a feeling he’d approve!
Day 361 was created with a few separate images of an old Johnny Appleseed $.05 postage stamp pieced together to make into a square instead of a rectangle as the original stamp was created. Ink and watercolors to give it a bit of paint and color!
*** My Mom asked me to add a note to today’s post that she plans on responding to every comment that you all made on her guest blog post from Day 350 – My Mom’s Perspective. She was so touched by your comments that she wanted to have the time to respond thoughtfully to each of you. I will post here once she’s done in the next week or so. In the mean time she’s says she’s looking forward to the Apple-A-Thon!
“A single arrow is easily broken, but not ten in a bundle.” – Japanese Proverb
Last week a great article was written in the Huffington Post by Daniel P. Malito who writes about Rheumatiod Arthritis in their health section as well as for Creaky Joints.
His article explains in clear terms what happens in the body when Autoimmune Disease is triggered. I was stunned by the comments – I had to weigh in myself because people turned his article into a three ring circus of ways to “cure” us and all of the things we’ve done to bring these diseases on ourselves. These comments we feel deeply. Very deeply. Like arrows in our hearts.
It’s time for us to fight back – shoot those arrows back at them. One comment here and there won’t have an effect but if we bundle our shots together, we can change this perception.
The comments could wound me if I let them. I choose to not let them anymore.
Day 360 was created in graphite and watercolor.
A skeleton key has come to symbolize something that can unlock a mystery.
Sometimes I think that Ankylosing Spondylitis will always remain somewhat of an enigma to me.
I wish I could unlock each door I have to pass through on this journey with my health and know what was on the other side. I wish we all had a magic key – an AS key to be a symbol or talisman to help us get through times of change with courage and strength. It might look something like this!
Day 359 was created in gold ink and watercolor.
*** I’m stunned and awed by the support that is coming in. A big thank you to everyone who has donated to the Apple-A-Thon fundraiser.
*** We received our first corporate donation today in the amount of $500 from BJC Health in Australia! who will be putting their commissioned apple in the lobby of their Spondyloarthritis Clinic – too cool.
*** Thank you Tom Contrino for your $150 donation!
In The Studio
Thank you Doug for working tirelessly today.
Thank you to my parents for working tirelessly today!
Thank you to Bill Beckwith of School House Farms for donating a bushel of apples for the event!
Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. ~Charles Richards
Every day is made use of even the ones where we rest, reflect, and chill! I remember the days on end when all I wanted was some relief of my symptoms. I know many of you are still in that place and I so wish it weren’t so. I still have those days although they are fewer between. I am feeling a huge responsibility to make sure that I express correctly how difficult most of the days with Spondylitis can be.
Please know I will do my best in my upcoming interviews. If you can express for me how you would say it – it would help me.
Day 358 was created in watercolor.
*** Thankfully computer issues resolved!
*** Thank you to the Spondylitis Association of America for this wonderful page sharing the Apple-A-Thon
*** Have you seen the donations page? Holly set up a great page – please take a look!
*** Guest Apples are flooding in – please send in yours too. Here all the news that’s fit to print.
Take in a new view – you never know the wonders you might see.
Day 357 was created in watercolor.
***Update on my computer issues – they are official. I’m posting tonight from Doug’s computer. So frustrating.
“Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.” – Elizabeth Taylor
Good plan. Will do!
I’m headed to the mall to shop at Nordstrom’s Rack in the hopes of finding just the right outfit for my t.v. appearance.
Oops – did I let that slip out?
Yes indeedy folks – I will be interviewed on a morning show in NYC the day before the Apple Paint-A-Thon and I need to make Liz and all of you proud. I will pull myself together!
One of my dear and best friends, Stacey is meeting me there tonight to help me come up with something that looks a bit more cosmopolitan and a bit less Colorado dusty back roads. I may even put on a bra! Special times call for special circumstances.
Love to you all for your continued and much needed cheering on. My thoughts with Betsy and her family tonight.
Day 355 was created in – lipstick!
I faded a bit today. My body called for an unexpected time out.
I could have pushed through but right now I’m on an endurance marathon and sprint to the last apple so – although my list is long and the details need to come together right now – I did what I usually don’t – and listened to my body and stopped.
I will get done what I can get done. Tomorrow is another day and today’s break was a huge help in rejuvenating me.
Day 354 was created in watercolor that I cut into a shape of an apple. I then placed a piece of tracing paper on top of the vivid image and sewed around three edges and dropped it in along with a bunch of seed beads.
Oh my goodness – I was thinking today that it’s a good thing I didn’t try to do as I wanted on Day 335 and break my apple rules – what was I possibly thinking?
Please choose kindness. Choose Joy.
Day 353 was created in pastels.