Friday, September 04, 2009

Potential Delays / Health Update

I'm very sorry for the lack of activity here on the blog this summer. I have also been unable to update my website with new products quite as frequently as I have in the past. Some of you may already know that over the past 5 years I've had some major medical problems (cancer/chemo/radiation.) The type of cancer that I had (Stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma) has not returned. However, I have had a lot of side effects/damage from the disease and treatments. Some of the scar tissue has caused adhesions (bonding muscles and organs together,) ruined my thyroid (lowered metabolism/energy,) and now I have ulcerations in my colon and a large 2" mass (cyst) in my lower left abdomen.

Currently my doctors are Guinea Pigging me with some prescriptions and pain medications to see if anything improves over the next two months before resorting to surgery. It is likely that surgery will include removing the mass, resection of my colon and possibly more if other organs are effected. For now, because of the pain and medications there have been some days where I am not feeling up to working.

I am trying very hard to keep up with orders within my stated 7 - 14 business day delivery time. There may be bad weeks for me where I'm running a few days later. Once my surgery is scheduled I will post a notice on my website about any longer delays during a specific time frame. Once this all gets sorted out I'll try my best to get back into crafting and creating new products :)


Elaine A said...

Kimberly -

I'm so sorry you having these issues. I will be sure to keep you in my prayers that things start to get better for you. Your very first priority is your health, the rest of us can wait.

You take care of yourself.

Elaine Allen

Kathieao said...

Our thoughts and prayers go with you. Kathie O

Anonymous said...

Hello Kimberly,
I just want you to know that I am sending you so much love and well wishes. You will be in my prayers.

Warm Regards,Misty

Gini said...

Oh Kimberly,
I'm so sorry to hear you're having such a rough time.
I admire all your work on your website, I come back regularly in the hope one day that you might sell internationally.
All that matters is that you look after yourself as best you can.
Wishing you well and sending healing vibes your way and cyber {{{{{{hugs}}}}}
kindest regards
Gini xx

Anonymous said...

I always think of you and check back on the website. Your art got me started in domino pendant making and I have come such a long way since then. Prayers are going up for you and I hope everything starts looking up for you very soon.
Marsha Scarbrough

habilimenteuse said...

I stumbled on your blog, because I like what you do, and sometimes partake in the fun and creativeness--
but, ultimately, I follow you because of your story.

I wonder how you are often...

I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's IIa in 2003, and am in remission...

If you need someone to talk to, or just rant at, I'm out here...

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you. Have not seen you update for awhile and I really hope you are doing ok health wise. Love your site!!!! Hugs, Lis

Cynthia said...

Kimberly: You are a warrior, I am humbled by your inner strength and passion for art. Your art is powerful and expresses your spirit within. I was born and raised in Oregon ,live in Jacksonville - very south of Hillsboro. I hope our mountains and air strengthen you on your journey of health.
All good thoughts to you -Cynthia