My heart journey

My New Medical Saga

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in About me, My heart journey | 44 comments

In March this year I had my one year checkup for my heart surgery. I was so looking forward to getting the stamp of approval from my cardiologist (I still have a ┬áhard time saying that) and moving on from the drama of the medical world. That week I had many expensive tests which were all evaluated and sent to my doctor’s office. Then it was my turn to head in there and get the results. I am in the office, in my little assigned room waiting. The PA comes in, her name is Kim and she is brilliant. She starts out telling me how great my heart looks, how it could not be better and YAY! Then...

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Exploring 10.29.2015

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in My heart journey, My Work, Written Inspiration | 5 comments

Exploring 10.29.2015

It has been a year of pause and adjustment for me. My art has been working on my new book, and working on my new me. I am floundering a bit. Maybe you are too. So instead of having great notions about the fabulous art I should be doing, I am making small pages of experiments. This one is wandering around a Yupo page with sumi ink and colored pencils. This one was a page I made to try out new pens and pencils. It started as a demo in a mapping class that I adored in a group of especially wonderful creative women in Minnesota. The page morphed into me facing off the monster. No bonus points...

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My Heart Journey: Six months ago today

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in My heart journey | 9 comments

My Heart Journey: Six months ago today

Six months ago today I was wheeled into eight hours of open-surgery after five days in the hospital waiting. I was waiting and being tested to find out why I had a nine centimeter aneurysm in the ascending aorta of my heart. The doctors did not find out (it is genetic most likely) and I went to surgery anyway. The night before I signed a huge raft of papers and said goodnight to my husband and my kids. Very few of the complications possible in that scenario actually happened. Thank goodness. I went home and tried to find my mental and physical footing. I cried, a whole lot, for months. Three...

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