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Ivette Hood – Port St Lucie, FL

I am Ivette Hood, I am 43 years old and live in Port St. Lucie, Florida, married and with 4 wonderful daughters whom thanks to them I keep on going and refuse to surrender to MS.

I always wanted to paint since I was a little girl, and because of my hectic and chaotic life, I postponed to do it over and over. Through the years I forgot about it, by being immerse in my fast life, a non-stopping life at all, now I realize that I forgot about me about what Ivette really wanted. After I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis not even a year ago I felt that my life crumbled down completely, because I was used to feel strong, energetic, smart, multitasked and especially very secure of myself having according to me everything and everyone around me in control.

The first question that my neurologist asked me once I was diagnosed was, Ivette what makes you happy? What do you like to do for Ivette? And I answer I don’t know, after always worrying and caring for everybody else but me, it was like if I had to step down of the roller coaster of life and look at myself in the mirror, weak, defeated and with no hope for the future, until I understood , that this is the time for me to discover Ivette and I pictured myself as a little girl and remembered how much I liked to paint and how I promised myself that one day I was going to do it, and here was my opportunity to do it, and my art gives me a new breathe of life for the future, each painting means a lot to me, the painting of God represents myself the journey that I go through, crossing fire with no more fear only trusting in God, hoping that one day I will walk normal again and will be able to carry my 4 year old daughter. The second painting represents in a very abstract form of course my husband and I united by God, the son and the holy spirit represented by the dove at the top.

I hope you enjoy it and thank you for letting me feel part of the MS family.


Meeting with God
Meeting with God - Artwork

Becoming one in love for each other
Becoming one in love for each other - Artwork