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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Hanging On By A Thread

Six years ago I went through some major health issues and spent the better part of a year traveling back and forth to Cleveland Clinic. I had a tumor and a section of my left lung removed. While all this was going on, I was also diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder called Hashimoto's Thyroid Disease. They did a biopsy of my thyroid and was told that there was no cancer, so I didn't think much about it as the lung issue was priority at that time. Other than taking a pill each day to replace the hormones that my thyroid wasn't producing any more, it didn't seem like a big deal. Boy was I wrong! As time went on I developed more and more symptoms related to the Hashi's. Most days I can barely get out of bed. I live with constant pain and exhaustion, brain fog and head aches,weight gain and skin that looks like I'm 90 years old. I feel as though I am "hanging on by a thread".

Since I don't go out much these days and I have no energy, I spend a lot of time scrolling through Pinterest. I search for inspiration and hope each day that I have enough energy to be creative in some small way. The following are some photos of my latest attempt at creativity.

Hanging On By A Thread
Necklace made of gray linen thread crocheted over a string of colorful wool beads.
The thread (Wolverine 20/2) is from Belgium.
The beads I hand felted a few years ago during a visit by my friend Odile Gova or  Woolly Fabulous, as she goes by in the art world.
I'm very pleased with the end result and so excited that my spark for creating is returning little by little.
I hope to share more of my creative journey with you as I adapt to living with Hashi's.
Thanks for listening and best wishes as you battle your own struggles in life.
Keep hanging on!
Love
Karen

8 comments:

  1. Hello Karen,
    Time ago I started following ,but have not shown my face before ,I believe. Just read about your hard life, and wanted to send you my best wishes for you, to in the future, be able to feel better.
    Your wonderful created necklace is just amazing, what a beautiful work of art !!
    Greetings from Dorthe

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    1. Hi Dorthe! Thank you for taking time to visit my blog and for your kind words. I've been following your blog for a long time and love your dolls and art even though I rarely comment. Life can be very hard sometimes, but I know there are so many people out there who struggle much more than me. I feel fortunate to have the life that I have. Thanks again for visiting me!

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  2. Wow, Karen, the things that life can put before us are sometimes so overwhelming. I'm glad to hear that your desires to be creative haven't been stolen away from you and you can periodically make something. Something very pretty, like those gorgeous beads, and now their new wrapping which complements them beautifully. Take care. Hopefully the promise of spring, more sunshine and brighter days will help you persevere!

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    1. Hi! So good to hear from you! Life does suck sometimes, but I'm lucky enough to at least not have to work any more and have it easier than most. I do wish I had more energy though. I am hoping that Spring and some sunshine will make a difference. Thanks for stopping in!

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  3. Oh Miz Karen Ann... I do wish I had a magic wand and could make it all go away and give you excellent heath. I will keep you I my prayers.
    love
    Marcie
    The beads are genius!

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    1. Thank you dear Marcie. I have an appointment coming up in May with a new endocrinologist and have recently had my medication increased so I'm hopeful that things will be a bit better in the future. Hugs to you!

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  4. I'm sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well, Karen. I have Hashimoto's, too...so I hear you! Hope they can get your levels good soon and you are feeling better! xoxo

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  5. I can't believe you have Hashi's too Linda. I have to wait till May to see an endo, but at least I got my meds increased. 6 years of doing nothing with it has left me pretty miserable. I'm pretty upset that I have to do all my own research and ask to have my levels checked. I sure hope you have a more attentive doctor than I do. Thanks for stopping by.

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