Learning to Scrap Again


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(Edited for explanation)

I was diagnosed with MS in June of 2012 after having a bout of double vision.  This was the worst news I could possibly ever be given.  Not only did I fear I would never be able to see with both eyes again (thus giving me great difficulty scrapping), my father had a severe form of MS and had been bed ridden since I was in college. MS was a part of my life that I did not want to get any closer to than I already had been… that was not the case, however, and I was going to soon get a feel for what life was like for my daddy.

I continued through the summer of 2012… my vision returned to normal and in some ways I had never felt better… Until mid-August of the same year.  The trouble began innocently enough, I couldn’t feel hot or cold with my hands.  I thought it was odd, but didn’t think much of it.  Soon, however, my hands began to hurt and I couldn’t even hold a pencil with my right hand.

This was a warning sign that worse things were on their way… but me being me, I just ignored them and went on my way.  There was too much to do to be sidelined by a little discomfort.  Then the worst thing ever happened… I woke up one morning in early September and I couldn’t move…  I had my first major attack on my nervous system.

I continued to get weaker and weaker. I couldn’t use my hands to brush my hair, feed myself, brush my own teeth… much less hope to scrapbook. I couldn’t walk, couldn’t see very well and the pain was out of this world (and constant…. I recently had kidney stones and the pain was more pronounced, but thankfully only for a short time.)

For month I thought my time scrapping was done.  In January of 2013 things were better (not 100%), I was still straggling, but I knew I had to get back into my studio.  These are my first attempts at scrapping after losing everything.  I had a long way to go to back to where I wanted to be (heck, I still do 🙂 ), but I was proud of my attempts and wanted to share them.

It is now May 2014… I still have pain, but the MS is not going to stop me from doing what I want to do.  I am always mindful of the fact another relapse could happen… but I live everyday to its fullest, and can usually be found in my studio.

 

 
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2 thoughts on “Learning to Scrap Again

  1. Ok, I have to agree….you have every right to be angry. BUT it’s not our fault that we love and miss you! Or that I stalk you in the craft store because you haven’t updated your page with anything new. We can all pray that you find relief and there is a cure soon for MS. There is so much talent in that stubborn head of yours. Ironic I don’t have MS, yet I don’t have a bit of talent. I say this to encourage you. It’ll be slow but you will be back. Just take care of your body and listen to it. AND stop smoking!!!

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