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Las Vegas woman chooses painting over opioids to recover from stroke

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Caryn Citron is an abstract artist who suffered a stroke at age 48. (Photo: citronabstractart.com) Caryn Citron is an abstract artist who suffered a stroke at age 48. (Photo: citronabstractart.com)
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Caryn Citron is a preschool teacher and mom who suffered a stroke at age 48. Instead of taking opioids to help in her recovery, she taught herself to paint to help regain the muscle strength on her right side and improve her mental health.  

"It's really been a huge transformation for me it's kind of become my whole life, it's really given me a passion in my life," she said.

After Citron had a stroke, she chose not to take opioids for recovery. She said painting became meditative, and she didn't suffer from the potential negative consequences of taking opioids.

"I had one doctor in the very beginning and he said to me if I give you this prescription your quality of life is never going to be the same and with the opioids they are so addictive like your depressed when your not taking them," she said.

Painting began as a form of rehabilitation for Citron, but it soon turned into one of her greatest joys. She said choosing not to take opioids has allowed her to participate in everyday activities and wake up every morning happy to be alive.

 "Nothing is easy, you can't just take a pill and get better, you have to go through the pain you have to go through the therapy but if does get better. I don't want to say I'm glad I had a stroke but in the end I think my quality of life is better than it was before," she said.

Citron said she loves doing things for her family, teaching preschool and gifting paintings to her friends.

To see her artwork click here

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