Up and about.

Stunning picture taken by Jim Greer @Flickr

Hi to all of you beautiful people. Sorry that it took so long for me to update, I’ve still been having a pretty rough time pain-wise. That being said, my pain medication was upped last week and since then it’s been getting a bit better. Yesterday I was even able to go buy some (desperately needed) new pairs of pants after my doctor appointment. It feels good to accomplish things – no matter how small – after barely being able to make it out of bed for a week.

I’m hoping that things will continue to improve and I’ll be able to lower my medication back down soon. For now I’m mostly just biding my time until I can see the neurologist and maybe get some treatment options for my spine.

I want to say thank you, again, for all of your wonderful comments and emails of support. You all have such amazing, kind hearts and you really do mean the world to me.

Sadly, I haven’t been able to do too much drawing lately but I have started a new piece that I’m really excited about. I’m trying some new things with it and attempting to use my prismacolor markers. On that note, I got a new OTT-Lite lamp with a magnifying glass and I must say, looking through it is like looking into a whole new world! As most of you know I don’t have very good eyesight but with this new lamp I can actually see what I’m doing on an entirely new level! I didn’t know just how poorly lit my work-space was before now.

It’s really nice to have a hands-free magnifying glass too. Before I would just have a pencil in one hand and the magnifying glass in the other which is a bit of a pain when you need your free hand for other things.

I’m not going to post any pictures of my new drawing until it’s all done. I want it to be a surprise. :)

Much love to all of you.
And thank you for everything. xx

A miracle for Vic.

I know that I haven’t written a lot lately, and I will do an update soon about how things are going. But, I’d like to talk about an internet friend of mine who is going through a lot right now; Tersia. Tersia is the mom of Vic, who has a genetic connective tissue disorder called Osteogenesis Imperfecta (read this blog post from Tersia for more info on some of what Vic’s been through). I’ve grown very fond of her and what I know of her family. I feel deeply connected to her somehow and she has given me so much support during times when I’ve truly and desperately needed it. I wish that I could meet her and tell her what a difference she’s made in my life face to face.

It amazes me that despite everything she’s gone through and is going through that she still takes the time to read and comment on my blog, offering her support. Vic has been through more surgeries and more pain in her lifetime than I ever even thought possible. So much so that I can’t even wrap my head around how strong she has to be to have survived it all. They both truly inspire me.

Vic’s health is declining and they wonder whether or not she will bounce back this time. My heart breaks for them and I wish that there was something that I could do to make everything better. I read the posts on Tersia’s blog (all beautifully written) and can feel the unconditional love and devotion that she has for her daughter and how lucky Vic is to have a mom like that by her side through all she’s been through. You can almost feel Vic’s pain through her mom’s words and it’s a powerful thing.  

No one deserves to have to suffer so much, not Vic and not her family either. It truly makes me wonder, what is the purpose? What is this test and why did it have to be Vic? And since it is them and they’ve been through so much, please, give them their miracle. Let her get better again, and let her not be in so much pain.

Miracles Do Happen by Mark Menzies

Thank you Tersia, for everything. You have my thoughts, my prayers and my support whenever you may need it. I recommend anyone who reads this to check out her blog, it is wonderful and honest.