I suffer from NOMID- Neonatal Onset Multisystem Inflammatory Disease. 20% of children with this disease don’t live past the age of 18. I have arthritis in my knees. I was diagnosed with NOMID when I was 13. After a lifetime of pain, a bone biopsy concluded that I had NOMID. This painting is about my Appaloosa Gelding “Tiffer”. I show Appaloosa’s and having NOMID affected my ability to ride and compete. Since I’ve started treatment I can continue to ride and do what I love without pain. Equestrian riding is the one sport that didn’t cause my knees to hurt constantly, and it has helped me become more outgoing. I no longer look at my disease as a burden, but more of a blessing in disguise. The one thing I love about horses is that they don’t judge you, they only listen. I painted this picture with the saying ” Wait for me at the gates and we’ll ride in together.”, because Tiffer is a horse that has helped me get through the hard times, and been with me during the good ones.
Disease: NOMID ( Neonatal Onset Multinflammatory Disease)
Date: January 31, 2013
City: Wood River