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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 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, through 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.

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 and 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 told 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.

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 and had a total hysterectomy in January 2021. That surgery changed my life and will forever be one of my greatest decisions. 

Very long medical story short: I was diagnosed with Epstein–Barr virus, the flu caused EBV to flair, which in turn caused endometriosis and adenomyosis to magnify within my body.

In the Spring of 2021 we decided to move forward with our adoption – which we knew would be very expensive. I 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 cost. And let me tell you: there is no greater fire burning inside someone than a mama trying to get to their baby. 

And 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. 

Comments

Nancy Bigham:

Hi Amanda,
Thank you for sharing your story! I’m so happy for you and your family and your health! You have overcome so much! I wish you continued blessings!
Thank you for making others happy through your beautiful art! I just ordered Illinois & Michigan! I can’t wait to see them! I just relocated to IL from MI to be near my son & daughter & their families. New beginning at 72! 😘. Nancy Bigham

Jan 27, 2023

Trish Besey:

I haven’t received my order yet, still waiting, hopefully I will get it soon:)

Jan 16, 2023

MARY:

Hi~Received my cards..they’re fabulous, I’m using them as thank you notes for Christmas presents received..I’m thinking the round stickers have a peel off back; but., thought I’d check before I ruin them..❣️

Dec 28, 2022

MARY:

Hi~Received my cards..they’re fabulous, I’m using them as thank you notes for Christmas presents received..I’m thinking the round stickers have a peel off back; but., thought I’d check before I ruin them..❣️

Dec 28, 2022

Peggy Shannon:

I received a print of Pennsylvania from April for Christmas and just love it. I am ordering one of Wyoming where I live now. I think they are just beautiful. Thanks

Dec 25, 2022

Joan:

Amanda, what a beautiful family you and your husband have created. Your baby is precious! What a smile. Thank you for sharing your story. I wish you even more success with your beautiful works of art. And I pray you enjoy continued good health!

Dec 01, 2022

Genie Kemp:

Amanda, thank you so much for sharing such an inspiring story. You have gone through so much at such a young age, but you are truly a warrior! Your artwork is so amazing, and I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it online. Good Luck to you and your beautiful family and may you continue to have great success!

Nov 21, 2022

Nancy:

My prints are being delivered today and I can’t wait to see them!!

Nov 12, 2022

Mary Schultz :

Received cards! What are the small discs for?

Nov 10, 2022

Diane DONALDSON :

I am wondering if you do any special order prints in larger sizes. Thank you.

Oct 29, 2022

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