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A Glaves

Ever since I was 13 years old I knew I wanted to be an architect. I chased that dream, received my Bachelor's in Architecture, practiced as an architect for several years doing commercial architecture and was on top of the world. But, I became ill and refused to slow down. It took 14 months for doctors to treat a chronic cough, which turned out to be attributed to asthma, allergies and acid reflux. However, my health had taken a turn for the worse due to the sustained period of insomnia, stress, and no slacking in my extensive work, charity and personal projects. It took a few years for doctors to diagnose me with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and chronic Epstein-Barr virus, but by then I had been forced by my body to slow down. I was forced to go on disability, however I expected to return to work in several months. Several years later, I have accepted the fact that I won't ever be able to return to my true passion of architecture again.

I have enjoyed doing some graphic arts in my permanent hiatus from work, but the true fulfillment of my artistic side has come from photography. When I have my camera to my eye, I can practically forget about the exhaustion and the pain which encompasses my life. I can contort my body, withstand freezing temperatures or intense heat and humidity as long as my finger is on the shutter-release. It's a whole other story when I lower my lens away from my face though. But, I am happy for the reprieve from my disability, and certainly glad that I am able to find something to help fill the void which was left when I had to leave architecture behind.

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