Hi Friends, I wanted to give everyone a little update with my health. I am trying hard not to only blog about my health, but seeing as it is the forefront in my life currently and has been, well SORRY! But, in a bright way it has fueled my design work in really positive ways!
In a very shortened version, chemotherapy, steroids and other medicines they have had me on and off of over the past 19 months have made me gain 40lbs (don’t forget I was in bed for the better part of 6 months from surgeries). So here I am, 4 months into remission and I now have a paralyzed diaphragm that is cutting off a blood vessel to my heart, meaning I get very winded doing very little. I can walk a small distance before needing a breather, I cannot lift anything or bend at all, climbing stairs is insane, the upside is I can’t vacuum and can barely do the dishes!! This makes losing the weight really difficult. Somedays I get super pissed at my body for surviving cancer but not letting me exercise and play sports and be myself again. I have to take a step back and realize I will slowly get back to my normal weight again, but my body is different now and I will never be the same.
Most days I admit it takes a toll on my mood, but I have some wonderful friends who keep encouraging me not to give up or get discouraged. So for everyone out there struggling with health issues, these designs are for you! Let’s keep our heads down and get through the crap!
You can find these designs currently in my Society6 shop. If there is enough request for them to be available in fabrics I may sell them eventually in select fabrications.
If you are going through any health issued and need someone to vent or talk to, please reach out. I found that venting to people was insanely helpful, especially strangers. Weird, I know!
I am also trying to figure out how to get a newsletter and mailing list going. Forgive my needing to learn how to do this first, but, I do excel at the creative side more-so than the business side!
xx Kathryn Marie