I have always loved art and painting,however when I was growing up I was encouraged to focus on more academic studies. I have a career, at which I am very successful and very greatful for eveything i have as a result of my hard work. Approximately 12 months ago, I was diagnoised with a rare blood disorder and potenitally fatal illness. I thought about my life, and realised I had been putting off all of the things I really enjoyed in life. Even things I wanted to try or places I wanted to visit 'one day'. When you don't know whether you will wake up in the morning, the only things that seem important are the things that you want to do 'one day'. I love painting, and while I am relatively new to it, I will never wonder what it will be like to paint and have others appreciate my work 'one day'.