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The only thing Keeping me together by TheEvilTeaDrinker The only thing Keeping me together by TheEvilTeaDrinker
Still a work in progress.

I know what you are going to say and before you say it let me tell you this, I am not a Druggie.
This picture is somewhat symbolic of a matter that is rather personal to me.

Two years ago i was diagnosed with a disease called Gastroparesis, to sum things up shortly it means my esophagus and Stomach are almost completely paralyzed.

Because of this I am very dependent on medications to just function in my day to day life. I take four pills in the evening, and four pills in the morning, not to mention three others during the day. It makes it hard for me to pretend i am normal, or how I am going to function if my insurance cuts me off. Without some of these medications I end up in too much pain to even function.
This image was somewhat a vent art so Sorry if it bothers anyone. I intend to finish this one in the near future.

Art by :icontheevilteadrinker:
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Sniper-Sight Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The anatomy is very accurate in an artistically minimal manner. I just love it. I love the pose (the way her head looks so perfect, and not awkward on her shoulders - something I struggle with) and the way you've managed gravity well with the raining medications. I really hope you're feeling better nowadays - GP is an awful and extremely misunderstood disease.
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TheEvilTeaDrinker Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank yoooooou ;3;
I was trying a bit of a different style in this image. I was worried about the anatomy but I am happy that someone thinks it looks right.

When i lineart the image i do believe there will be so many more medications raining down... probably more in the chest cavity if anything.

I'm managing with the illness, my doctors are hopeful it will go away with time. Unfortunately I kinda think I am stuck with it, but you know tis life. Nothing you can do when it messes with you.
When life gives you lemonade, make lime aid and give it back and let them try and figure out how you did it. That's what i always say :D
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Sniper-Sight Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Itīs artistic anatomy, minimal but makes sense. Well, you certainly have to take enough medications that it should be pouring out from everywhere. I like the whole idea of the image (and the name).

Your doctors think it will go away? Funny - I have never heard that but I like your outlook upon it. I hope the limeaid is good *))
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TheEvilTeaDrinker Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
(Sorry for the greatly late reply)

Oh it certainly should.. Now they just added two more medications to take during the day so I really am overflowing by now. It's a real personal image, that I am in the process of finishing as I go through the rounds of art.

Yeah, I am hopeful but also doubtful. It's always nice to have an optimistic view on things though, keeps your head held up high on dark days.
The limeaid is alright, A tad bit bitter but you know, I like my drinks that way. ;3
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Alison-lynn Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would write something about this, actually, I've been meaning to since the say you submited it, but words just can't describe what I want to say, or at least, I can't put my ideas in english the way I would like them to be.
I might write a comment soon, though it's more probable I'll make a response image for this...will try to finish it before december.

-hugs super tightly-
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TheEvilTeaDrinker Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hun you don't have to do that <; this was just a bit of vent art for me thats all. The medical condition has taken alot from me but i finally feel like im gonna start living my life again. Besides, im alot better now that i got my buddy -hugs tightly back-
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Tinkerbird08 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I KNOW HOW THIS FEELS!
Gastroparesis sucks... -.-
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TheEvilTeaDrinker Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You have Gastroparesis as well?? O-o
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Tinkerbird08 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Xp
Yup, for a long time, but I wasn't diagnosed until last January.
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TheEvilTeaDrinker Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i have been dealing with it for two years >:
only got a diagnosis half a year ago

do you have things taht really trigger it? Like foods you eat at times that trigger some of the symptoms?
Sorry ifi seem curious this is just the first time i have talked with someone with teh same illness
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Tinkerbird08 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Eeehhh.... I can't eat anything too high in fat or else I feel like somebody is kicking my insides, and of course nothing raw, which is great sadness. And don't get me started on the white bread! =(
I became really creative with my food choices because I am a chef, so this was really hard to deal with at first, but I have found so many foods that I can create that are easy to digest!
I have been dealing with this problem since I was at least beginning of high school, but I didn't start looking for help until the end of high school and then it took six years for them to figure out what was wrong with me. -.- silly, silly doctors.

[link]
Lovely place to get info for this condition.
They also have a facebook page is you are on facebook! You aren't alone with this condition! =)
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Cattwo28 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student Writer
For the record, I didn't take it as you being a druggie at all. <3 My mind instantly went to meds for one reason or another. xD Anyways, I really like how the jacket is acting like the skin, it's a neat little imagery right der. Aha if the insurance cuts you off you could probably fight it pretty hard, considering you basically need the medications to live.
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TheEvilTeaDrinker Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
XD ah, well i showed it to a bunch of people in my family and friend circle who said that I should put in the description I am not a druggie.
I'm glad the fact it wasn't drugs came across!

I really glad that came across even as a draft, i hope to soon get this one finished. Probably some point in November.

Something that I am really grateful for where I live the people at the pharmacy will fight with me against the insurance company.
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Cattwo28 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Student Writer
/laate sorry about that :c/

I hope the whole situation is going well, and yea there are some people out there that would've taken it for drugs but hey. Assuming makes ass out of you and me.
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TheEvilTeaDrinker Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
(also late sorry about that too XD!)
I am managing it, and not letting it hold me back from things~
I am even hoping to go to mexico this summer so -fist pumps- i am great!
Indeed assuming is one of the worst things tou can do
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Cattwo28 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Student Writer
(baha it's totes cool because not as late as mine was orz)

Wooot! Never been to Mexico, but I live hella close so idk. Hope you have fun!!
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Thepantybandit Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
my moms always complaining about that sorta thing.
she was in an accident. now she has to be on meds the rest of her life.
i cant imagine how much that sux!
i cant stand even taking asprin...hard to swallow pills for me.
fantastic though.
i really like this.
haha! her expression is kinda like "woops!"
ahhh. very cool! :heart:
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TheEvilTeaDrinker Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
yeah, ;-; but im only in my senior year of high school so .. it is gonna cause more issues in my future.
I'm sorry yo hear about your mum though... I can relate.
Trust me you get over that pretty quickly. I take a lot of medications so yeah fear of needles to you get over that quick.
whoops indeed XD actually its supposed to be my persona but that is exactly what i was thinking
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Thepantybandit Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
i see.
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MariposaLuna Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student General Artist
I love this... it is personal to you and your struggles. It is unique and beautiful, simply because you not only live despite this, you do more than survive, you THRIVE. You have the ability and the strength to go about your day and do what you love. You fight the good fight and your buoyant personality leaps off the pages you create. Your art is beautiful because of the person you are and your dedication to living your life to the fullest.
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TheEvilTeaDrinker Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
sorry it took me so long to reply to this)

I really appreciate you saying something like that, really. This is a really personal issue for me that has really brought my self esteem down when i was sick.But you know waht you just said really means a whole lot you have no idea how much so. Thank you so very much for saying that..
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MariposaLuna Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Always, my friend. *bows deeply to you*
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Leioll Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
O.o daymn....
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TheEvilTeaDrinker Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
yeah..daymn sums it up pretty well
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Leioll Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
XD glad i could do that? XD
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TheEvilTeaDrinker Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
yes good job! XD
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DaMushroom Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This is actually really neat looking. And Im sorry about yer guts...it cant be fun :(
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TheEvilTeaDrinker Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You learn how to cope <: I didn't really post this as a 'give me attention' piece like some people would. Just wanted to express a bit of m ylife in an image for once. SO here ya go.

I wanna finish it when this round of BS is over.
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DaMushroom Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
can't wait. This already looks amazing :D
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TheEvilTeaDrinker Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It hesitated to post this though, its a really personal issue for me. But i suppose im glad i did
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DaMushroom Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I wouldn't blame you for hesistating but that just shows how brave you are right? It takes a lot for a person to admit that somethings not exactly right. And when they do something like this, it just means they get the support to be even braver about it
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TheEvilTeaDrinker Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I hope your right with that, its just because of his motility disorder with my organs. I end up sick alot. which generally makes it hard to interact with people in real. But also the insurance company is insane, they have tried to get rid of my insurance. so there is always something.
and thanks so much ;3; for saying that. really. :heart:
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DaMushroom Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
:) its nothing really....and seriously? Tried to get rid of yer insurance? What the heck is that about?!
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TheEvilTeaDrinker Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
yeah, the insurance in the USA is just going crazy. make money and toss people who rely on them under the wheels of their Corporate machines.
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10yrsy Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i'm sorry to hear that :( it is, none the less, a beautiful piece of vent art! i'd love to see it finished :lol:
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TheEvilTeaDrinker Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
yeah, its something I deal with alot, but at least I have learned how to cope with it.
I hope to finish it as soon as possible, probably after blood sport is over for this round.
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10yrsy Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:nod: i'm sure it's going to turn out lovely :iconblush--plz:
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TheEvilTeaDrinker Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thanks, still a pretty personal issue but I have learned how to manage ;3
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10yrsy Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconsupertighthugplz:
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TheEvilTeaDrinker Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:icondeathhugplz: TOO TIGHT! XD
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10yrsy Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
..i was not expecting that :iconomgtearsplz:
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TheEvilTeaDrinker Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
....nore was i
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