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Has anyone had to part with breakables?

I’m wondering if this is a relatively common thing? This past summer I started thinning out some of my collectibles. I was asked “Why??” by a couple people that know I’m a collector. The only explanation I could give was… before I end up breaking them. (Due to unsteadiness, hand-eye coordination, etc.)


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  • nxd280
    5 months ago

    Odd, but I’ve collected unicorns my entire life and lawn gnomes for the last 20 years. I started having hand/dexterity issues and stopped cleaning them in case of breaks. I use a swifter gently and try washing them at least once a year when I have help.

    I rarely use an actual glass for drinking anymore. Once at cracker barrel, 9 years ago, I dropped a mug of root beer all over the floor.

  • nxd280
    5 months ago

    Odd as in I’m odd…not you lol.

  • Janus author
    6 months ago

    Thank you Alina!
    I didn’t know wether to laugh or cry! It’s so true, and I felt so sorry for Brooke having her heart set on her beautiful, fragile ornaments only to have one break!
    BUT…she is right…adaptation…for our yearly ornament this year, we bought a WOODEN snowman! xxxx’s

  • Alina Ahsan moderator
    6 months ago

    Hi Janus – this reminded me of one of our newer comics up on the site: https://multiplesclerosis.net/living-with-ms/first-christmas/ Artist Brooke illustrated her first MS Christmas where she broke her beautiful new glass ornaments and had to learn to adapt. I wanted to share it with you since it sounds like you can relate.
    -Alina, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • Janus author
    6 months ago

    Thank you Alina!
    I didn’t know wether to laugh or cry! It’s so true, and I felt so sorry for Brooke having her heart set on her beautiful, fragile ornaments only to have one break!
    BUT…she is right…adaptation…for our yearly ornament this year, we bought a WOODEN snowman! xxxx’s

  • Alina Ahsan moderator
    5 months ago

    Oh, I love that spin on an annual tradition! I’m sure it’s beautiful 🙂
    -Alina, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member

  • Lucylucylucy
    6 months ago

    Hi Janus,
    I work as a potter/painter,so I make a lot of breakables…and I occasionally do break them.In fact,I am the only one who has ever broken any of my work at an art show or gallery.lol

  • Janus author
    6 months ago

    You and I should go shopping together lol! For Christmas I was given a small battery operated string of lights complete with little bells. Yes, lights AND noise! Ha,ha! I think taking a clay class is an awesome idea. I’ve never done anything like that before!

  • Lucylucylucy
    6 months ago

    Try it! I think it helps with dexterity and it really is fun. 🙂

  • Janus author
    6 months ago

    Oh no!!
    I LOVE pottery, & ceramics. Those pieces that I have, I won’t part with. My smaller, harder to handle pieces though are another story. I hate to even go in to gift shops that have dainty glass, etc., figurines. However if YOU were working near me, I would go to see your items i couldn’t help myself!!
    I’m just sorry that after all that work, time and effort, something got broken!

  • Lucylucylucy
    6 months ago

    I eventually got used to it.:)
    I hear you about the gift shop thing though.I haven’t worked my destructive magic in a store yet but that time is coming as I can’t seem to stay out of them.
    I have had to adjust in the way I transport or even carry things in my studio.It takes longer but saves a lot of aggravation.
    If you ever get a chance to take a clay class I think you’d like it.There’s handbuilding and wheel work,both of which are a great reprieve from MS.

  • Janus author
    6 months ago

    Thank you for your input Devin!
    I also read your link about the legos. That’s interesting because I accidentally found that coloring on huge sheets of paper is for me, a way to be “creative,” if you will. True I’ve never been artistic and my people are mostly stick figures, but they ARE cute! Just don’t ask me to color inside the lines…then there might be trouble! Lol!

  • michclaud
    6 months ago

    Yes! Had to go to a pod coffee maker after almost dropping my entire pot of coffee! A little more expensive but worth it. I also had to give up on my ceramic mugs too heavy, finally after trying plastic mugs which were lighter but got really stained after only a week, I found stainless steel mugs which are double walled to keep coffee hot loner and clean really well.

  • Janus author
    6 months ago

    Oops! Sorry I posted the wrong reply michclaud! That one was obviously supposed to be in response to Devin.

    Thank you for taking the time to read and respond to my question! I really appreciate it. That’s interesting about the coffee maker and that you should mention the ceramic mugs! A ceramic mug (complete with a cover/coaster!) was given to me for Christmas. I ended up re-gifting it.( An accident waiting to happen!)
    Thank you again and have a wonderful new year!

  • Devin Garlit moderator
    6 months ago

    I’ve certainly made adjustments because of those problem. Drinking in a stainless steel or plastic cup (even requesting a plastic or otherwise disposable cup when I am out sometimes because it’s lighter and easier to hold). My big hobby is LEGO (https://multiplesclerosis.net/living-with-ms/building-better-life-legos/) and I can tell you I have had all sorts of problems with breaking apart things I’ve constructed. Not as bad financially, but extremely frustrating. I also collect action figures, and have accidentally damages some of those, I press on those with both of those hobbies because they are a passion. I try to be as mindful and careful as can be, but accidents still happen. While I try to exercise more care and caution, I also try to let myself off the hook when an accident happens. People make mistakes and have accidents even when they don’t have our condition, at least we have a good excuse. I think if you have a passion for something, there are ways to stick with it.

  • Janus author
    6 months ago

    Devin, I’m sorry but I hit the wrong reply thingy. There IS a reply to your post, just in the wrong spot!

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