Monday, September 6, 2010

FINDING SERENITY

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As many of you know, I have been struggling with health issues, and the unknown, and now, the almost known I will say. I have an autoimmune disorder, that is "similar", but yet different, like a "cousin" my doc says, to Guillain Barre syndrome. The protective covering of my nerve ends, known as myelin, is or has deteriorated , leaving me with damaged nerves, resulting in the pain and weakness I have mostly in my feet and legs. It also explains my feeling exhausted a lot of the time. So , I feel better knowing something, although there are still more tests, and this diagnosis is open to change yet, but I feel better after a year of struggle that I am heading in the right direction, and have such a fantastic doctor who is helping me. Treatment for this would be plasmapharesis, a process of filtering my blood, but we are waiting a bit for some more information. I still hold a lot of fear, I have many many unanswered questions, but for now, I am coming to terms, and do realize that are many people worse than I am, and I am thankful for everything I have. I think most of all I am happy that finally I know I am not going crazy. Thank you all again for hanging in there with me.
I have felt very unmotivated to say the least the last 2 weeks, but today I felt like fabric. Since I made a few fabric pieces a while ago.....here.....I have always wanted to continue, but somehow got sidetracked. Today I listened to what I wanted to do.....and this is what I made. I had dyed the cheesecloth a while ago, I just love that pale blue color. I layered over that a transfer of a rose I made on coffee stained muslin, and in between is a beautiful green, brown fabric from Lorraine of Creative Daily, she makes the most beautiful fabric pieces ever! I stitched on some red sari silk, and the quote stamped piece of muslin also, vintage buttons, coffe dyed lace, and some red faceted czech glass beads. I was thinking about opening another etsy shop for work I make like this....tell me what you think please.
Look for a giveaway here soon, I am so thankful for all of you in my life!

22 comments:

Miss Iowa said...

Beautiful fabric collage! So glad to hear that you have an initial diagnosis and a good doctor. Best wishes for the days ahead.

Judy said...

You are in my thoughts on this journey...

stregata said...

This piece is gorgeous, Sharito! I so hope that you will find some serenity - now that the unknown has a "name". Now, more that ever, you should follow your bliss.

Lynn Stevens said...

Your fabric piece is just Lovely. I'm so sorry to hear of your illness. Be well!

Dorthe said...

Hi dear,
your fabrick art is beautifull-I love the pale cheesecloth,too-and the wonderfull words you incorporated, all together a beautifull art piece.
I so understand you not being so creative as normal-in this weeks of waiting!!
I hope for you,that you will soon get all the answers to your illness, and that what you already is told,-is it, dear.
Love and hugs, Dorthe

Diane said...

Yes, you could introduce them in your current Etsy shop as a preview --these would be wonderful especially with the affirming words on them.
Stay strong and positive!!

Barbara Lewis said...

Sharon, I'm glad you're getting some answers. It's the unknown that's so hard to take. At least with a diagnosis, you'll be able to get treatment. I will pray that you begin to feel better. In the meantime, I hope you feel well enough to keep making your mixed media collages. They are wonderful!

roc said...

what a beautiful fabric collage sharon. love it! yes yes yes..open up an etsy shop!! so glad you are feeling better about things. keep your eye on the horizon. i will keep praying for you!

Renee (nayski) said...

So glad you are getting closer to a resolution Sharon. Will keep you in my prayers. This new fabric piece is beautiful and would be perfect for an etsy shop - go for it!

Lenna Young Andrews said...

dear Sharon,
What a beautiful fabric piece! The fact that you felt like making it speaks volumes in itself . . . I think although still scary, it must be comforting to know some answers and be working positively on the road to healing. Sending love, lenna

vwozniak said...

So glad that you are getting some resolution on a diagnosis and treatment, it makes it easier to fight what you know. Trusting in your doc makes the journey easier, too. Keeping you in my prayers and knowing that things will now get better. Your fabric piece is delicious!!!

Astrid Maclean said...
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Astrid Maclean said...

Sharon this is such a beautiful piece and I LOVE that saying.
I am so glad you are feeling a bit better, knowledge is power and the fact you can trust your doctor is a wonderful gift! Another Etsy shop, YES go for it, all of your fabric pieces are wonderful!

Lorraine @ creativedaily said...

Lovely piece Sharon! Thanks so much for mentioning me - always appreciated. I'm sending very positive health wishes your way....

SummersStudio said...

Sharon, the fabric piece is incredible. Yes, I think you should pursue this line of creativity. And the quote, well, I know I've certainly found some truth in that in my own life.

I am sad that you are looking at health issues that may be ongoing. But, you know, I think having a name, having a direction, knowing a little about what you are up against is way more than half of the battle. Once you have knowledge it gives you all sorts of options for how you cope, mentally, physically, and spiritually. You are strong in your heart and spirit. You will get through this. And I am reaching out to hold you if you stumble.

Laura Haviland said...

Totally love you darling Sharon and thinking of you...
I love your new piece it is fabulous like you.
Thinking of you always. Love to you,Big Hugs Laura. xoxx
I am always here for you. : )

Kat said...

Sharon

I love this different direction you are going. Yes to Etsy. Hugs for you, it is always better to know what is wrong than to imagine so many things that could be. Be well.
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~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Beautiful and inspiring piece Lynn!
You give us all hope and strength in seeing how you carry yourself through this uncertain time ... my words feel clumsy this morning ... healing good wishes still coming your way!
oxo

Marilyn Rock said...

This piece is beautiful; very moving and emotional. Sending prayers and positive thoughts, your way, always. xxoo

In the Light of the Moon said...

I am so happy that at last you have some answers to some of your questions.Not knowing is very hard and like you said,it almost feels as though your going crazy.Well,I pray that the answers continue and that you find comfort in knowing that we all sending prayers and good wishes your way.
I also love your blue cheesclothe..it adds simple beauty to your already beautiful piece.Bless,Cat

Cindy said...

Sharon, you have a way with words and a way with expressing your thoughts in your artwork. This new piece is gorgeous..I've always loved when you do pieces with fiber/fabric! I'm so sorry about all of the health issues you've been facing...will be praying for you and sending a big hug to you, Round Robin sister!

Janet said...

Sharon there is so much help out there with the medical world today. I know youre in good good hands. You are Precious in the sight of the Lord..lean on Him as He would want you to! He sees everything you do and knows youre hearts desire Sharon! Be strong and of good courage my friend..
Kind wishes
Janet oxo

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