My Story of Art + Healing
This business was born from struggles. And after I moved myself into a better physical & mental "space" I made the decision to never hide from my past, but to share it with others in the hopes it could somehow help.
I was born an artist. One of my first words was "me" and that was in reference to a pencil---I started drawing at a very early age and now, at 39, I've only stopped once. Art got me through being bullied as a teenager, illness, a toxic relationship, and a lot of trauma.
In January 2018 I came down with the flu and never really felt the same for months afterwards. In September of that year I went from being physically active to confined to a bed within a matter of two weeks. We saw many specialists, had tests, procedures, the works. I started my period when I was 10 and it had always been intense and painful, but it magnified that September, leaving me with symptoms that lasted most of my cycle.
Very long medical story short: I was diagnosed with Epstein–Barr virus, the flu caused EBV to flair, which in turn caused endometriosis, among other things, to magnify within my body.
I have always been physically active and my work was something I cherished. When I got so sick that those two things weren’t an option, I slipped into a dark depression. One evening my husband sat down on the couch beside me and told me we needed to talk. He reminded me that I had always wanted the opportunity to start my own business, and with being more or less bedridden for months, I had nothing but time.
I knew my greatest talent was drawing, I knew people could sell their work online, I knew I could sit and create art and use my computer. So I did.
Eventually, we were told that I would need surgery. Our insurance was okay but would not cover the bulk of this surgery and we needed to stay in Atlanta for almost a week. So, I turned to my business to generate the needed funds. Thankfully, my Alabama Wild print went semi-viral that Fall and requests came pouring in for other states. In March 2020 I was able to have my first surgery for endometriosis excision.
During that surgery I was diagnosed with adenomyosis, to which the only “cure” is a hysterectomy. I felt better after my surgery, but was still not doing great, and made the very difficult decision to choose quality of life over being able to be pregnant and had a total hysterectomy in January 2021. That surgery changed my life and will forever be one of my greatest decisions.
Although I no longer had the option to be pregnant, I always knew that I wanted to be a mother. In the Spring of 2021, my husband and I decided to move forward with our adoption – which we knew would be very expensive. I had used my business to generate almost twenty thousand dollars for medical costs, and I knew if I worked hard enough I could do even more for our adoption costs. And let me tell you, there is no greater fire burning inside someone than a mama trying to get to her baby.
So here we are: the talent that I was born with was used to help heal me physically & mentally and brought us our child. This business has become one of my greatest blessings and my mission is for my artwork to bring healing to others.I often have a hard time comprehending what Amanda Klein Co. has become. And truly, from the bottom of my heart, I am so thankful for every single one of my customers. I hope you can see the love and appreciation that I feel for you in the goods you receive and the work that I do.