El Desafio - The Challenge
ART GIVES ME the WILL TO LIVE
...it is not the "Product", it is the Process of Making Art,
especially with caring people, that gives me the Will to Live...
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This short film was put together from various clips filmed across the USA from 1978-1986, when raising money for the MS Society with the "Race against MS" which earned millions of dollars for research and patient care. For these efforts Virginia was given the Patient Achievement Award. The dinner alone earned $1.5 million dollars. Virginia retired in 1986, married Ashley Carrithers (for 10 years) and had daughter, Sky. Ginny now lives permanently with Sky in Patagonia.
Health update July 2011
This film captured me in the late 1970's and 1980's - from age 29 to 37. I am now 62, having lived with MS since 1976. At 27 was my first major paralysis putting me in bed 1 year and another 6 months to fully go into remission. Remission - a great trickster - how could this ever happen again? I became so well. It has happened nearly 9 more times, never as severe as the first as in the following times we have an idea of at least what it was and maybe - a medical label. yet there is no cure, nor a real answer to why and from where it comes - I have my expericed guesses - all of life is a great mystery...
I broke my back in 2009, as my balance is now so impaired - I no longer walk without a walker or someone on my side to hold on to. I no longer ride as much, but finally I can again. I type with 2 fingers and now must draw when I do, with more my left, both really. I have been blind in my right eye and they are in pain alot. I do not want to go blind which is a possibility I live with. Oh the list goes on and on and I still choose to focus on the positive. "Fake it til I make it", as it is more fun for all involved with me. An attitude of immense gratitude.
I cherish my only child, my sisters and my friends. My animal friends as well. I continue to love, live in the natural world and seek creative expression - let go of perfection - good thing ! Meditate endlessly and ready to face, sometimes reluctantly and sadly, whatever is to next confront me. Vamos a ver, we will see.
Sharing and Helping Heal Others.....
I'm so enjoying drawing in my favorite cafes in San Martin, and with my wonderful friends.I call it "visual journaling", that's how I record each day, it's all part of 'Creativity Heals Therapy', or sometimes I call it 'Expressive Arts therapy'.
Ginny doing visual journally in the San Martin local cafés. To know more about Ginny's current life go to her Facebook page.
Hands and Hearts Across the Continents.Click HERE to read what the volunteers say about life with Ginny in Argentina.
January 2013 - Ginny with her wonderful international volunteers giving her
|Hands and Hearts across the Continents. Ginny is with Tatiana who is from Miami, Israel, NY, and now back to Buenos Aires where she will live in the future. And BB who has been living in Abu Dhabi, UAE for the last few years.|
Palativo Care in San Martin de los Andes
I am finding much joy and love working with palativo caretakers and hospice at the hospital in San Martin de los Andes.
A piece of Paradise for Lease!
Paraiso para el alguiler!
4 miles of spectacular fly-fishing river
Con kilometros de rio salvaje de la Patagonia.
Internationally recognized artist Virginia Neary Carrithers is offering her artist retreat to lease in the majestic canyons of the Cordillera in Northern Patagonia, Argentina... more details
rustic yet elegant home is for lease short or long term...
El Desafio - The Challenge
San Martin de los Andes
El Desafio Polo Club
Photo by: Eddie Thornton
See Ginny's Horse Art and the Horses of Estancia Trocoman
Read about the wonderful work of the
Click here for the MS Society of Argentina
Photos by Golde Wallingford
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Ginny at home fireside
Making Torta Fritas
Ginny with daughter Sky
Sky Rock Cafe
Ginny and gaucho
Peace Pipe Ceremony with
Golde and Loretta