Elmhurst mother finds Etsy inspiration after bed rest
ELMHURST — Marie Lopez didn’t rediscover her artistic talent until being confined to a hospital bed for seven weeks, but when she did, the therapeutic value was profound, she said.
The new mother now sells her drawings online, and said she wants to encourage other pregnant women who are confined to bed rest for lengthy periods to find hobbies and talents to help fight the doldrums.
“I heard a lot of stories (about women confined to bed rest who) just completely shut everybody out,” said Lopez, of Elmhurst. “And I just want those women to know that it’s OK to think about hobbies or to learn new hobbies. That it’s OK to do something to pass the time. It doesn’t help the stress level to sit there and be miserable.”
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