I never really think anyone is going to read them and I worry obsessively about my grammer.
But here we go!
A year ago, precisely on July first, I was called by an Urgent Care Physician who had just recieved the results of some blood tests I had had a few days before. She told me to drop what I was doing and get to the nearest emergency room asap.
She told me my Hemoglobin was 5.6 and that if I didn't get a blood transfusion right away I might die!.
Needless to say, my daughter drove me to the hospital and I received my first blood transfusion and they checked me into the hospital where I remained for the next 10 days being poked and tested for all kinds of things. In the end I was diagnosed with ALL (acute lymphoblastic leukemia).Quite a serious and deadly disease. I was started on Chemo and then transferred to City of Hope where I stayed for the next 6 weeks.
I was told that a bone marrow transplant would be my best chance for survival and they put me on an international data base to match donors.
All in all I was told that this would likely be an 18 month ordeal assuming it all went well.
Fast forward to today..I had the transplant at the beginning of February and had some horrific side effects. Since then, I have been told that I am completelyfree of leukemia which is wonderful but i'm still having issues with recovering from the toxic treatments. It will take a bit longer than I planned, but hey...I'm still here!
When I became ill, I was forced to close my retail shop because I was sharing the space with someone who turned out to be a nightmere and completely untrustworthy. So my merchandise was not safe without me being there and since that was impossible I was forced to close, and lose a great income as the store had been doing so well. (lessons learned) Never a good deed goes unpunished.
Luckily, my online business stayed strong and has sustained me through this difficult year. Thanks to my wonderful customers who are the best people in the world!
I'm working on new designs every day now and also repeating some of my best styles in ever new fabrics that I find small quantities of...
Whatever you decide to buy from me you can be sure that it is one of a kind or made from a small batch of maybe 5 pieces. It will always be something unique made by a select few super special people who make my designs come to life, one piece at a time, sewn by hand with love.
For my next blog... I'l explain my design and manufacturing process...hopefully, Ill write it next week!