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From: Kathryn Archuleta (KathrynArchu)Feb-4 1:51 AM 
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Hi there I'm a newbie - just thought I'd introduce myself a bit.  I'm from Texas and just started claying as part of my occupational therapy to help with a chronic pain disorder

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From: mst01Feb-4 7:15 PM 
To: Kathryn Archuleta (KathrynArchu) unread  (2 of 5) 
 71425.2 in reply to 71425.1 

I am sorry that you have a pain disorder.  Working with clay is a very good idea.  Not only will it help your hands and fingers but also diverts your attention from the pain plus boots your creative spirit!  Good luck!



From: aramina5 DelphiPlus Member IconFeb-4 9:26 PM 
To: Kathryn Archuleta (KathrynArchu) unread  (3 of 5) 
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Glad you found polymer clay and I think you will enjoy it. I have chronic pain too and some days I can be creative and some days not so much. But it is a great distraction on the good days! I started with clay just out of college and was looking for a hobby that was far from studying medicine. All these years later I still love it!

Susan (from Oregon) 


From: Ladyartist05Feb-19 12:03 PM 
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Sorry you have pain.  I have arthritis  in my thumbs, which can be painful.  I think the flexing of the clay with ones hands is good for a lot of things.  Focusing one's mind away from pain with the creative challenge is helpful.  Good luck.  Lots of resources on here to help you as well.



From: JNyagoFeb-20 9:59 PM 
To: mst01  (5 of 5) 
 71425.5 in reply to 71425.2 

I found polymer clay back in 2009, when my husband was fighting cancer and we didn't know if he would make it.   Claying was a great stress-reliever and also gave me something pleasant to look forward to when I got up in the morning.  Although we are now elderly, he is fine and still with me today, I'm happy to say, and he always encourages me when I am working on some clay project.  I agree with what mst01 wrote:  Working with clay should be a plus for you in more ways than one.  So welcome to this site!


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