! We launched the Kickstarter last Wednesday and we are 1/3 of the way to reaching our goal. I am beyond grateful for all of your support. I am trying my very best to get as many people on board as I can and with many of you continuing to let your friends know about our project, we'll get there!
Today we have 25 more days to get this book out!
Thank you one and all for your kindness, generosity and fabulous show of support!❤️
The Creative Market in Pincher Creek, AB is on Friday from 1-7 and Saturday from 9-5. Hope to see a few familiar faces this weekend shopping for Christmas, taking a workshop, watch a demonstration and eating some great food. All of the vendors work hard throughout the year to prepare for these fun events, so come on out and see what the local artisans have been up to! Just come prepared to stay the day because it sounds like it's going to be an amazing show!
Well it happened! My very good friend, Linda Sojer and I were a perfect match! I am now the proud new owner of a beautiful, functioning Kidney! There are no words to describe how much love I feel for my 'new' sister. For someone to give so freely with her whole being is nothing short of amazing. From the very beginning of the testing stages she believed that we would be a match. I am completely aware of Gods full provision! I am so humbled that she decided to do this! I also want to put a shout out to Mike Sojer, Linda's hubby and her two boys Chad and Michael for being there for her. They are a wonderful bunch and so caring for each other! Plus, it goes without saying that I have a terrific group on my team. Darren, Cody, Dek and Marissa have been with me through this whole journey. No words or actions could ever describe my love for my little family. Just know that I love each and every one of you! To the rest, my mom and dad to my inlaws and close friends please know that I feel the same about you all too! I wouldn't have got through all of this without your love and support and your prayers. Every thought, call and gesture has made me really see that I'm not on this journey alone.
Now here it comes! Oh, what energy I have! It's totally incredible how I feel! Careful because I'm feeling so much better and getting my energy back. I will post all of the things I'm working on in my next one, but for now I just wanted everyone to know this; I'm back!
Love each and everyone of you!
So much for keeping everyone better informed. While most of you would know that I love to talk putting my thoughts done in writing are a lot harder to do.
What have I been up to you wonder? Not a whole lot. I did start dialysis back in June of last year. I was so graciously carted up to Calgary 3 times a week from June until October. I again am so grateful to so many people for their time and efforts to help us out. Hemodialysis wasn't my first choice, but I had needed to get started as soon as possible.mi would sit 'still' for 4 hours at a time and have my blood cleaned up for that time. It was an amazing experience and can honestly say that Dialysis nurses ROCK! They are some of the most caring group of professionals I have ever been around. I was scared and unsure of the whole process, but this fun group of guys and gals made it an amazing experience.
In September I had a catheter inserted into my stomach. Now I would be able to do my dialysis at home. I took lots of training with my mom and good friend, Melinda at the Renal clinic in Calgary. Now the whole process would be up to me! I have to admit that even with visual impairments, it's been a very smooth transition. Not only did I get a little time back to do things, I was far more comfortable doing it in the comfort of my own home. I go for monthly blood work and am in contact with the kidney clinic at the touch of a few buttons. I feel completely at ease with this group of nurses, dieticians, psychologists and doctors. Every facet of this disease has been covered and any question or situation has been met head on. Lucky me!
At the end of November it got better. Rather than hanging multiple bags, multiple times a day they figured I was ready for the 'machine'. A cycler is a machine that I hook up to for 8 hours during the night. Amazing! Now I would have my days back. I have now been on this machine for 6 months and am pleased to report that even though I still have lots of days where I feel tired at least now I can do more.
Having said that I'm having a little trouble getting going. Creativity is a hard one to push when you are completely exhausted. My studio is downstairs and some days the mere thought of going down stresses me out because at some point I will have to come back up!
I am finished a few of my books, working on a surprise with the talented Loree and Sidney, other art projects and little things here and there. I love to still help friends out with design too!
My babies are all happy and healthy and getting started in their own spaces. I'm so proud of each of them and all that they are accomplishing each day. My family have been such a great source of support these last months. I truly don't know where I'd be spiritually or emotionally without them. Cody, Dakota (Dek), Marissa and Darren hear this - you are all my rocks! Thank you so much for your unwavering love.
Believe me when I say this guys, if you have your family to help in times of need you have everything.