I have a Master of Arts degree. I also graduated with permanent state certification to teach English. I learned how to play the piano and studied music by professionals. I write and compose my own music.

I am also a member of SAGAFTRA. I worked as an English teacher for fifteen years and I also taught art at an assisted living home which was a very rewarding experience for me. I still love the residents and my former boss very much.

     However, I believe that my new goal is to use my creative background to create artistic and literary works that represents healing, strength and fortitude for people who are striving to overcome extreme emotional and physical adversities. I was inspired to do this after surviving near death from severe aplastic anemia twice. I was also recently diagnosed with MDS. I am presently undergoing a stem cell transplant. I will return to the textual art page and change the title MDS Fighter to MDS Survivor when I overcome this.

I also spent a lifetime in therapy and spiritual programs to heal my spiritual body. Most of the thematic content of my artistic works represents survivors of physical illness, narcissistic abuse, natural disasters and other extreme hardships.  

     Survivor 1 stands for someone who has unwavering strength, is a fighter and refuses to give up on life.  

     I grew up over a Latin Church in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. My faith in God has helped me overcome many adversities, and I believe that it will help me overcome this.

Jennifer Joy