A Life Sentence
When Gay Watters was diagnosed with RA, she was a single mother working as a bartender and waitress and raising two young children. The disease left her unable to work. She didn’t know how she was going to support her family.
For a long time, Gay says she was paralyzed with fear at what seemed a death sentence. Then one day, on an impulse, she went to a local crafts store and bought some pastels and a blank canvas. And, with that first drawing, her new life began to take shape.
Today Gay, who lives in Clearwater, Florida, uses her artwork to connect with others living with RA. Here, she talks with her daughter, Demi, about how far she has come.