Please welcome our featured artist of the week!-Your name
-Your shop name(s) Cindystreasurechest
-Introduce yourself Cindy!
After college I moved to Hawaii-I have surfed since I was fifteen-and lived on the North Shore of Oahu which is known world wide for it's amazing surfing beaches and it also has a wonderful art colony. I asked Christ into my life when I was nine years old and found North Shore Christian Fellowship was the church that would change my life and make Christ the center of my life. I was surrounded by Christians on the North Shore along with professional surfers and fantastic artists. I got accepted to University of Hawaii, Manoa, Art School and learned from some exceptional art professors. With this experience I was able to get my art into several galleries in Hawaii and later in Los Angeles. I loved living in Hawaii and the life there, surfing, the Christian friends that I will have for a lifetime, the beauty, the difference in culture, the freedom to do art. It was so amazing!
I had to move back to California in the early 80's and soon after that I was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer that destroyed my liver. The results were that I had to have a liver transplant, but the first transplant rejected immediately and within three days they found a new liver for me. I had the second transplant and it has been successful and I have had that liver for over 20 years. Unfortunately, the medicine that a transplant patient has to take to keep the liver from rejecting also puts down the immune system and so I got cancer several years ago. The cancer is very virulent and the doctors have tried to get rid of it but just can't and so I have still have cancer and it changes my life drastically as I have had surgery to remove it and several bouts of radiation to try and back it down. But I have learned compassion for others through this and patience for people who hurt and feel like they have no hope. God is so good and He teaches you with the different trials that you go through
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