Post Surgery

29 Oct

Well I went ahead and did it. I had the spine surgery I swore I never would have. I was losing the use of my right arm and hand and fast! The doctors told me I may never draw again. What is an artist to do? Soooo, I took myself to the hospital (well my Mom did) and I went into the operating room hesitant mind you. But I did go in and thats what counts. Although my back problems are not cured I did regain the use of my right arm…whew! I am hoping that with my new cadaver bone (yes you heard me correctly) in my neck will work much better now, although the Doctors make no promises. I do want to show you some finished pieces I had not put up before. These pieces are for sale and can be found at THE STORY EMPORIUM in The Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket RI on 1005 Main Street. Check them out:




.Charlie in "A Trashy Novel"Charlie in “A Trashy Novel”

Dripping Zippers

Dripping Zippers

The State of RI

The State of RI


3 responses to “Post Surgery

  1. Christopher Maloney, Naturopathic Doctor

    October 29, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    A whole bone? Or did they give you pieces and bone glue to shore up your own vertebrae? In either case, we all hope it takes and relieves your arms.

  2. Audra Laplante

    October 6, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Hi Erin!! My name is painted my son, Dorian’s face as a cheetah! I just saw you at the festival and your art work is amazing!! I read that you had surgery. I went through the same thing, had two cadaver bone discs placed in my neck with a titanium plate and screws. Unfortunately, for me, I am still in constant pain and I don’t get to do all the things I enjoy like playing the drums and riding my Harley. I really do hope the surgery was successful for you! You have so much talent!!

    • Erin T. Whalen

      October 14, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      Hi Audra,

      I remember you! It was so nice to see you again. I had no idea we share the same pain…yes unfortunately mine still hurts and doing shows is not helping as I learned this weekend in Salem. I couldn’t do day 2 of Salem because it felt like my bone was going to pop out and I feel your pain because it makes me sad I can’t do what I used to do 😦 I had to have the surgery because I lost all feeling in my right arm and hand and couldn’t paint or write! On that note I’ve decided to slow back down on doing shows so I don’t end up in the hospital again. I do hope you are being gentle on your neck.



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