Some Adventures We Choose…

We choice but to make our way through them the best we can. 

The above sketch is my first art project in over 3 weeks. I have been working my way through the adventure of Shingles. It covers the right side of my face into my right eye. And because of it I have clear sight in only my left eye at this time.The drawing is called the Eye of Jupiter is Living in My Eye.

And this is what I see, sort of, not what you see looking at me. I see from inside a big angry red and purple shape that looks like the eye of Jupiter that crosses the center of my cornea. The rest is a blur, however as time goes by the blur is lessening and the red and purple shape seems to be dimensioning. Why the eye of Jupiter? I don’t know that is just what comes to mind when when I close my eyes and see this big purple and red spot across my vision.

It is going on week 4 of this adventure and although there is progress, it will take some time to heal and I am hoping and planning on a full recovery.

This is  a detour nothing more, and my plan forward will continue. It will morph and evolve as it has to, and I will keep moving forward with the life changes I have been working on. The timeline might just be altered a little.

I am blessed with so many positive people in my life and I appreciate all the support I am getting. Thank you. 

I was excited that I was able to draw something, that means as I get better, the things I love will still be doable, mostly. If I don’t get my full range of vision back driving on freeways will be difficult and I will figure out other means of getting where I want to go. And it will be harder to do computer design work, so I may have to find other ways to make extra income. As I keep saying change is constant and adversity makes us find ways to either do things we love differently or find new things we can be and do that maybe have not part of our lives in the past. The key is to be open and not be afraid to try new things, meet new people or go new places. Failure is not part of my vocabulary, trial and error only mean try again and learn from the past.

So I just wanted to let you all know that I am ok, and I am still here and still moving forward. 

Do not allow adversity to stop you from reaching your goals. Also don’t be afraid to learn new things about yourself, new ways of being resilient and strong. Keep your balance and just do the work that needs to take place. And stay true to who you are in your core. 

And… If you haven’t had the vaccine for shingles, I highly recommend it.

Have a happy day!


Published by cherylmcdonald

Thank you for taking a little time to get to know me. Making art has been my life, I love to tell stories through words and pictures. I am a multi-media artist working in photography, watercolor, various drawing media, and sometimes digital art.

11 thoughts on “Some Adventures We Choose…

  1. Cheryl, I am so sorry for your current ‘adventure’.. I wondered how you were and now I am wishing you a full recovery. I know two people who had similar cases if Shingles with eye issues. It took a while but both recovered fully so I’m hoping you will as well. Are you still in Ridgecrest or did you sell your house? Wishing you the best along with a complete recovery!


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  2. i was thinking about you yesterday and should have checked on what is going on. My friend Juanita Willis is having eye surgery today to save the only eye she can see with. I’ve had her in mind since Monday when she asked for prayer. Sent lots of requests out for her, feeling so sad for her. Now you! A bit different, but still not a welcome thing to endure. i’ll pray for you too. We can’t predict what God has in our journey for us to experience, but I believe we were created with love and won’t be abandoned. Was wondering if you are going to Florida, as you did mention. Big hug! Donnie

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  3. Hi Cheryl, so sorry to hear bout the shingles. A shot of cortisone set mine off last year. Lower back. I’ve since learned to take the supplement L-lysene to keep them in check. Read about Arginine and Lysene. I learned tons.

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  4. Someone once said “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”  Bullshit. “What doesn’t kill you pisses you off.” Hey litt

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  5. Hang in there. Shingles are a beast. Rick and I are immunized (my mom suffered with them). We also immunized for Covid-two doses then two boosters. There is always something new headed this way.

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  6. Yikes! Sending many hugs and healing thoughts ❤️

    My mom had shingles at beginning of 2020 and she suffered a lot, so I feel for you. I also had planned already to get the vaccine, but this reinforces it, for sure!

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