How Graphic Design Has Helped My Migraines

As you have noticed, I have deserted my very own blog! 

I suppose this is accurate, but I’ve been on a bit of an adventure and spreading my wings too thin.

I’m delighted I kept this blog open and sincerely thank everyone who continues to read all of my earlier postings while leaving comments that I’ve neglected.  I genuinely apologize for that.

In early fall 2017, I began writing articles for a site called (they pay writers for their work) and thoroughly relished writing quizzes of all things.  My writing has steered me to various spheres, but I’m new to inventing a quiz!

What was most exhilarating was realizing an old passion; art design!

When I was on Virily, a blogging friend revealed that she designs for a site called “Redbubble.”  This miffed me, but as soon as I heard the word ‘design,’ I needed to investigate. is a ‘print-on-demand’ (POD) marketplace whereby a designer or artist uploads an image of their design to appear on a multitude of Redbubble products.  They sell merchandise such as framed prints, apparel, mugs, pillows, duvets, cellphone cases and laptop sleeves, clocks, tote bags, via online shopping.

All production, shipping and customer service is their responsibility, therefore, you don’t have to carry your own inventory and uploading is free.  They pay you a percentage of each sale.

I have kept that passion for art and drawing since I first discovered crayons and have been designing distinct patterns (just for fun) to use on my posts and headers in blogs over the years.

Here I had 150+ designs tucked up in a folder on my laptop just waiting for someday!

It astounded me at how effortless it was to upload an image and voila the design populates to over 50 products.

But I couldn’t hold back with only Redbubble and signed up with a few more PODs, (Fine Art America, Society6, Café Press), and finally, I was accepted to sell on Amazon.

All of this has been an enormous learning curve and contemplating I would make tons of money. Well, sales have been sluggish.  Competition is fierce as hundreds of thousands of other artists have the same idea and in the POD marketplace as well.

But I’m not in it for an income. It has kept me from sinking into the black mud of depression many times.  As I continue to struggle with chronic daily migraines, depression sends me into a dark space.

Oddly, using art and design is possibly therapy and seems to draw me out of the mud and restores my sanity again.  It motivates me to focus on anything other than the horrific pain.

I’m opening a new WordPress blog (waiting for my domain name approval), so I’ll communicate with you.

I will return to this blog, but not for now, and I continue to be overwhelmed by returning readers and followers. 

Thanks so much.


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I am a Mental Health Advocate for mental illness Stigma. In 2007, I created the "Living in Stigma" blog, with the purpose and anticipation of educating people about mental illness. Depression is part of this illness, which intertwines with those struggling with PTSD, chronic pain, and other invisible illnesses. I am a chronic migraine sufferer myself, and a sexual and emotional abuse survivor. My passions are writing, poetry, and art. All abuse Survivors are also Warriors.

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