Hello friends!! How I have missed you and all your creativity!! Here is a card I created for all my blogger friends who have kept me in your thoughts and prayers and brightened my days with Happy Mail!!
I have been both surprised and blessed at the outpouring of love and compassion that I have felt from so many of the people I have known in blogland - women that I thought were "just strangers". The months I have been gone I have received dozens of cards and e-mails and they didn't stop after the first months either! It is because of this that I have decided to say a little more about what happened to me. Many people have asked and some have told me they suspected I had a stroke. Thankfully it was not a stroke.
I will try to make this short. On board ship I collapsed and was taken to the clinic where they found I was in "Diabetic Ketoacidosis" I was in critical condition and because of the Lord Jesus who used the amazing and fast acting captain of the cruise and clinic doctor and nurses - who literally never left my side - my life was saved. I was sent by air ambulance to South Dakota where I have been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.
Though I know millions of people are insulin dependent living with Diabetes... I never had to try to live with it before. It was a terrible shock and it has been a difficult road. To complicate things the ketoacidosis damaged the nerves in both feet and my right hand. This condition is called Peripheral Neuropathy. It is pain that acts very strange - coming and going and causing severe burning to my skin. My feet and right hand are numb making walking (and papercrafting) uncomfortable at best. I am told by specialists that because the onset of the nerve damage was sudden it may get better in time. The stress to my body from the ketoacidosis wrought havoc on my body. A couple of the less serious yet terribly difficult side effects of this ordeal has been the loss of most of my hair! and love this.... weight gain! : ( waaaah!
But that is all the bad news... the good news is that I have an incredible support team in my life helping me with every challenge I am facing. And it has taken the entire team to get me back on-line! LOL but I am here and ready to get back to the hobby and the community I love.
Thank you so much for your love and support.
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