Hello 2014. The year for a healthier brighter future. Thanks to those following my journey the last 10 years, and welcome to the newcomers to my website. I hope you gain knowledge and inspiration to keep going on your own journeys. If your currently going through some negative and unhappy periods, just remember that it will even out to more positive and brighter paths. These rough patches are slight obstacles that you don’t need to go through alone, and Toll-Art Therapy is here for your support and inspiration.
On a slight negative obstacle I have had my recent MRI, blood-test (which was quite stressful) prior to seeing the endocrinologist for my 6 monthly checkup. I was a little concerned about what my results would show. I have had a few dizzy spells, feeling lethargic, stressed and severe periods of anxiety. Like any visit to the endocrinologist, I remain positive and hope for great news. Unfortunately the results weren’t very good. According to my blood-test my stress levels Cortisol were extremely elevated since my last visit ( from 586 nmol/L ~ 655nmol/L ) and the Prolatin levels increasing at a higher rate than over the previous few visits (from 1474 mIU/L ~ 1996 mIU/L ). Also my cycle disappearing for 14 months was a concern to the specialist. Being unhappy with the results, both myself and the specialist, the next part of my journey includes some tablets to take over the next 6 month and consider the pill or a chemotherapy medication to lower my levels. Another concern for the specialist is to attempt to gain about 5-10 kilos to increase my fertility to help with starting a family. (This is definitely the last thing on my mind. I do not want to have a child. I don’t have the maternal instincts to start a family. Working in Retail certainly shows that it puts me off even more when I see feral kids and screaming babies that get on my nerves a great deal. )
To deal with these not very good results, I have chosen to alter my diet to improve my health, search for alternative to reduce my stress and anxiety as best I can, and perform more Art Therapy skills for healing. Also to reduce any negativity from my environment being socially, mentally and physically, by bringing more positive people, thoughts and energy into improving my brighter Art Therapy future.
Until my next post, I wish you all the positive peace, hope, love and harmony for your journeys. Thanks again for being apart of the last 10 years of my journey and may the next part be a brighter and more positive path.
Its been a busy 6 months. I’ve had some ups and downs on my journey. Where to begin. I’m working closer to home which is great. Less time spent traveling to and from work and more time to relax before work. I’m loving my new workplace and have made some great friends. I also get to spend extra time with my 4 legged, furry, fluffy child and my best friend Benji. (My 6 year old cat). A great stress reliever and an excellent listener.
My studies and coming along nicely. I plan to be qualified end of the year. Studies have had a few delays due to other priorities. Its a great feeling when you receive excellent feedback and encouragement from the teachers, and realizing the skills I’m learning I naturally put them into practice in my daily interactions.
There was another death in my family, with the passing of my last living grandparent. Another tough family time but with no arguing the funeral went smoothly and the family came together to support each other on the day. Cherish your family while they are alive. Holding grudges are those little things that can be the obstacle that create distant forever. The past can’t be changed. Live in the now and create your journey towards a bright future. Having family who love you for who you are and support you in health and achievements are those positive souls we all need in our life. Removing negativity people from our lives and stay close to positive people, can influence positive energy into your own life.
On a positive note I reduced and eliminated my sugar intake and have been eating healthy with my regular daily exercise and feeling great within myself. I’m getting my anxiety under control, although some situations it tends to escalate but I’m learning to manage it better. Apart from having the flu for several weeks, which is almost gone, I have been reasonably healthy and feeling more positive. Its come to my regular 6 month checkup with the endocrinologist to see how everything is going. Having my regular blood test, will the results show up excellent, as I have been feeling great. With the anxious wait finally over, I attended my 6 month checkup all positive and wanting my results to be great. To my surprise my (Cortisol / Stress hormone level has risen to being extremely high at 586 nmol/L) and (Prolactin has risen again to a high of ~ 1474 mIU/L). With my endocrinologist not to pleased with the increase has recommended taking hormones possible from my next visit and have another MRI to see if there is any changes to the pituitary. Also another recommendation to improve my hormones is by gaining about 10kg. (I’m sorry but i’m not going to gain weight and get fat in the hope that my hormones will improve. I’m happy the weight I am and I feel healthy within myself). I’m going to try to regulate the hormones another way by doing some research and seek advice from a Naturopath or health professional.
I hope your going well on your journey and I am truly grateful of those following my journey. I wish you all Peace, Hope, Harmony and good health.
How are we all? I hope the universe is listening to all your requests and assisting your journeys towards brighter and healthy futures. Its been a busy few months with health and lifestyle. I’ve been coordinating a community event for the past year and its finally coming to an end with the unveiling to the public at the end of February and a big celebration event in March. Also working in Retail, continuing on with my studies and building on my Art Therapy skills. I have had my recent visit to my endocrinologist and although my levels had increased slightly (Prolactin 1187 ; up by 92. Cortisol 497; up by 200) its nothing to be too concerned about as its minimal in a 6 month period. Although the endocrinologist has recommended I consider trialing medication (The Pill, Dostinex, Bromocriptine) to regulate my hormones. Over the next few months before my next checkup I’m going to try to regulate these hormones and improve my health by altering my daily food intake. I hope this change in my daily intake will make a significant difference to my levels, as I have already tried this medication earlier on in my treatment and it lead to having brain surgery to remove the tumor. I want to avoid the medication because of the side effects I experience that left me feeling quite unwell and disrupted my lifestyle. Also my anxiety i’m trying to manage with limiting food triggers, performing daily exercises, using aromatherapy and learning Yoga and Mediation skills. That’s it for me for now. I’ll post another update soon. (Positive energy brings opportunities towards a brighter future ~ Toll-Art)
This is such a busy time of year for all. Its been a couple of months since my last post and quite a lot has happened. Where do I start? My Community Project is well on it way to being completed for the Guinness World Record attempt. Also looking for employment and studying. Unfortunately some of my schedule has been put on hold and I need to focus more on my health, as my stress levels and anxiety has been quite extreme to the point where I need to ask for assistant and seek treatment. The increase of my stress and anxiety has been caused due to an unexpected event in my life. The death of my father on November 7th at age 61 has had a huge impact on my family and I’m using Art Therapy to help me through this time. I make my own Christmas decorations for the Christmas tree every year and give out as a small thoughtful gift hand-made to everyone, which they thoroughly enjoy. This year I’m making decorations using right-handed techniques, (as I’m left-handed) this is a small challenge but the results have exceeded my expectations and others who have received these decorations. Wow I think i’m ambidextrous with my artwork, as a few years ago I couldn’t use my left hand for nearly 12 months and I was able to still do my artwork and completing some paintings with my right hand and my journey series with both my left and right hand. I guess it shows an example to others that no matter your restrictions you are still capable of anything you can imagine as being possible instead of impossible with slight alterations.
My studies are progressing with not many modules to complete, but with my stress and anxiety levels it has been recommended that I take a break over Christmas, as a stressed Counsellor can’t help others unless they are in the right frame of mind to be able to do so. February I will resume with the case studies, seminars and placement etc and be officially qualified to help others in more depth.
Also i’m getting organized for Christmas with quite a lot of reminders of my Dad is a little difficult but I need to have my health as #1 priority as I’m due to see the specialist early February and I’m a little concerned this stress and anxiety may have an impact on my results. I’m looking forward to spending Christmas Day and Boxing Day with family and enjoying no fighting. Life’s to short to hold grudges, anger and past issues that should be left in the past, move on and enjoy your family while they are alive rather than arguing, not talking to each other and making your life miserable with no resolution and awkward encounters when you need to come together as a family.
That’s it for me for now. Toll-Art Therapy would like to wish you all good health and hope you all have a wonderful Christmas with your family, friends and loved ones filled with joy, laughter, gifts and eat, drink and be merry.
I am using Art Therapy in my current workplace. I’m doing art projects with the local community and this is quite beneficial. Not only is this bringing the community together, we are attempting to break a Guinness World Record for the for the longest knitted toy snake. This is great Art Therapy for everyone. We are getting Friends, Family, schools, Aged Care Facilities, Retirement Villages, Disability Organisations and many other members of the Community to participate. Using their creativity skills and ideas to contribute to kniting together 1 metre lengths of a snake body, some learning new skills and concentrating on getting each stitch sewn can allow the creativity to flow. Also getting joy out of seeing the completed piece without any worry, stress, aches or pains to enter into their mind. Art Therapy can be any form of art. Whether listening, doing or viewing something can help heal, relax and turn a negative thought into a positive thought. Although I do have a creative flair, having created paintings, drawings, jewellery pieces, scrapbooking, leadlighting, and mosaics, I have never experienced this new wool medium for myself. I’ve been in charge of this art programs for nearly 11 months and watching others get joy out of this medium I decided it was time I learnt a new skill and medium. While watching family and the community knit with wool, and watching a few clips on YouTube and Google tips I decided to invest in some knitting needles and a few balls of wool. After several attempts at this, and giving up a little. I persisted and I can knit a few basic things. I have knitted a snake piece for this Guinness World Record attempt and now as thank-you gifts to the community for participating in this wonderful event and outstanding contributions the next project is “Plant Pockets” which I am also attempting. I’ll include some pictures and any relevant links too. Learning a new skill that I am finding very therapeutic I would highly recommend to others. If not Wool, then any other form of art therapy to assist you on your journey to good heath and harmony.
How are you all today? My journey is continuing in a good direction. I felt positive about my results. I have done my best with limiting sugar from my diet, by giving up chocolate for 5 months. ( I’m having some chocolate now, but not as addictive as daily!) Also my stress / anxiety levels are up and down depending on the circumstance, but with the help of Rescue Remedy and love and support of special people in my life I get through some obstacles that occur. Now onto my visit to the Endocrinologist. i’m very pleased to say that in 6 months my Prolactin levels have only increased by 55 (from 1040 ~ 1095. This is a small amount meaning that although its increased its stable but still well above the regular range of (0-500) . This is really good for not being on any medication for my hormones. The endocrinologist is happy with the stability of my hormone levels, although has asked if I can gain 5-10 kilos to be more healthy in the next 6 months. I’m sorry but that is one thing that does annoy me when she wants me to be fat to be healthy. (Sorry if that offends anyone) but i’ve been slim all my life and the weight i’m at now is healthy for me, so unfortunately I refuse to attempt to double my food intake to gain weight and expand my waste-line to be healthy in the endocrinologists eyes! I feel healthy, exercise daily, eat healthy, splurge occasionally and enjoy being happy within my own skin. I’m enjoying life. I have a great job working with the community, I’m a third of the way through my studies to becoming a counsellor and sharing my story with everyone who visits my site gives me joy that I can assist those with similar health concerns and those interested in my journey. Until my next post, I wish you all good health and harmony for now and the future. Just remember you are never alone with your troubles, there is always someone by your side whether it be family or friends to help you through your journey to happiness.
Well its coming up to 5 and a half years since my surgery and i’m feeling like things are improving. In 2 months i’m scheduled for my next appointment to the endocrinologist. I’ll have my blood-test at the end of next month and fingers crossed my levels are keeping under control. I’m keeping positive as I think it helps in some way for positive results. I hope! At the moment everything is going well for me. I’m keeping busy. I’m working in retail and doing art projects with the local community. I’m also studying Counselling, looking to be running creative classes in the local community and planning to progress with my new career path. The next few months ahead will be keeping me busy, with no time to stress about my upcoming appointment. Although with lots going on i’m still trying to keep my anxiety under control by eating reasonably healthy, taking vitamins and rescue remedy. Also I’m trying to keep my stress and anxiety under control by listening to some tunes to relax, chatting to friends and family and those with similar health issues, and doing creative projects. I’ll write more again soon. I’m sending you all peace, hope, harmony and good health for the coming months.
To those new to this sight and any regular visitors, here is a useful video I found which is quite informative and worth watching to learn more about the pituitary. Very educational
What is Art Therapy?
How can it help?
Art comes in many forms.
Art & Craft
In Art therapy it is used to express any emotions most of us keep hidden from the world, and those around us, in fear of being judged by these feelings.
Expressing these emotions through art can create some magnificent pieces. By transferring these emotions into an art form leaves your mind, body and spirit free to be more positive, calm and relax in your everyday life. If these feelings are suppressed, over a long period of time, it will require constant work at this therapy to gradually release this build up.
Art therapy can be used in any industry including, Aged Care, Child Care, Community Service, Counselling, Hospitals, Rehabilitation, Schools and many more as well as in your own personal life.
When people see Therapy in the title they automatically assume is only for those with serious mental health issues, but in fact it can help everyone. If you are looking to improve your physical, mental and emotional well-being why not consider Art Therapy. You don’t need to be talented to be able to use Art Therapy. Its an expression of your emotions that are released into an art form. Eg. sad could be expressed in a colour -blue, uncertain could be expressed a spinning motion in a dance movement, etc.
”The Journey” ~ By Tollarne Graham
(This is an original entry created and based on my own experiences. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to use the contact form. Any feedback is highly regarded. )