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Sunday, August 19, 2012

My Story

Hi Everyone! This is going to be a long post, so put on some comfy clothes, and relax.

There is one thing that many of you have asked, what happened to you Stacy, when you were sick? I am going to try to tell you this now, in the shortest way I can.

In October 2007, on Canadian Thanksgiving, I was very ill, I started to throw up. I had very sharp stabbing pains in my stomach. Like someone was stabbing me from the inside out. My mom said that's it, you are going into the hospital. Well, I had a cat scan and I was diagnosed wrong (I know that, because I had to go back), was given some heavy drugs and I was out of it for about 2 weeks. In November I was doing ok, but at the end of the month, look out!

I was having those pains again! My stomach ballooned out! I looked like I was pregnant. I couldn't sit up. If I did, I was in pain. That was it, back into the hospital! Another cat scan! (I learned that my veins were deep. My arms had to be heated to make my veins pop) This time I was blessed with a fantastic Doctor! Doctor Gupta! My hero! I remember him telling my mom, I wouldn't be leaving the hospital. He said, it was lucky I got there when I did, because I could have died!

An abscess had formed in my pelvic area, which was filled with pus, this was obstructing my intestines, causing everything to back up, my immune system was shutting down and I had a high fever. I was told by the doctor, that he had never seen an abscess so big. They had to act fast. Trying to get my fever down. I had so many tubes coming out of me. The next morning, I had a pipe put into my bum, which lead to the abscess. The pus came out through the pipe and was drained into a bag, that was attached to my leg. Can, anyone say adult diapers? Through the two months, I had 8 more cat scans. I hate those things! Several ultra sounds. I was tested for cancer. I got a hernia, because of the throwing up. I had a blood clot in my left leg, which I had to take warfarin, and get large needles put into my stomach everyday. My tummy was bruised all over! One of my last tests was a chalk test. Don't know the technical name. Chalk is sprayed all over the insides of your intestines, to make sure there is nothing going on. Well, the fun part is getting the chalk out of you. So painful, because it doesn't want to come out! It took me two weeks of drinking hot water and honey!

I was told I would have a major operation, where part of my intestines would be removed. I would have a bag on the outside of me, for going to the bath room. I came home and started exercising. While I was exercising, I would stare at a candle, with my stones around it and tell the candle, I wouldn't have an operation. I would say I was healthy. I would watch the flame dance. I did this everyday. I also had many people of all faiths, praying for me, chanting for me, lighting candles for me. The operation didn't happen. Dr. Gupta said, I don't know what you are doing, but keep doing it.

I watch myself , because certain foods can trigger pain in the abscess area. This area will always be a weak spot for me, like my left leg, where I had my blood clot. There are certain exercises I have to do everyday, that helps out with all of this.
I also lost a lot of hair, which won't be coming back. It's hard, but I have to accept, that this is me! If someone judges me because I don't have a lot of hair, then I wouldn't want them for a friend, if I had a lot hair!
That's my story!

Be Happy! Be Grateful! Live! Love! And, most important, Be You! You are Amazing! Big Hugs! 

52 comments:

  1. Wow! What a health ordeal to have to go through -- you have paid all your dues in one go and I hope you never have to be in the hospital again!

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  2. I want to hug you. And give you the You Are My Heroine Award. And the I'm So Freaking Proud of You Award. I want to hug Dr. Gupta, too.

    You, my Stacy, I was in pain today. My hip. That is the reason why I'm up at 1am. I feel better. I am going to sit outside for a bit, and stretch under the stars, next to three wonderful rocks. You are a jewel.

    I'm taking one of these awards; mostly because I want to tell people to come a read this.

    Much love my friend. And thanks for sharing this story. I needed to read it.

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  3. Wow Stacy what an ordeal that was!! So glad to here that you are healthy again. It sounded so painful and very frightening! You certainly are an inspiration! Congratulations on your awards you really do deserve them! You have really inspired me with your ACEO's that I ordered in special cut blank aceo boards to paint they finally arrived last week and I'm just itching to start them!!! :0) Keep up the wonderful blogging and beautiful work! :0) xxx

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  4. Grief! I bet you feel better now you unloaded all that! I know we try not to whinge and moan on blog, because we want it to be our happy place, but this was a great opportunity for a blow out :D so to speak :D. Glad you are on the mend :D XXX

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  5. Oh gosh - what an ordeal!! It is truly amazing to read about all your strength between the lines. You are simply a person who never give up!! I salute you for that - and for sharing your story. Life is the biggest award of them all, isn´t it!!! I admire your courage and I am very proud of you!!!!!!! Big big hugs to you dear Stacy and thank you for sharing your story!!

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  6. oh my gosh, its a mircle you are here to tell the tale.I wondered what had happened but didn't want to ask, now I know and I admire your strength even more.I can so see where the beautiful ability to paint such wonderful art came out of such a desparate scary time.I'm so glad you found this wonderful doctor Gupta.Thank you for sharing, you deserve many awards , for your courage, your soft heart, your talent, and for just being the Stacy we have all come to love, blessing to you sweet lady,

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  7. Oh Stacy! That's just an amazing story. Thank you so much for sharing it with us! What a blessing your Dr. Gupta is. Even though it's only on the internet, I am so grateful to have you in my circle of friends!

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  8. Thanks so much for sharing your story. Amazing, I'm so glad I stumbled upon your blog and we became friends. Is it okay to share your story and direct others to your blog? Big Hugs, girlfriend!!! (I'm an award free blog~one of those, I know) ~Lori

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  9. Like so many others, I too wanted to ask but didn't. I knew you were a survivor but I had no idea the ordeal you went through. Thank you for sharing your story with us. I feel very blessed by our friendship and owe you and your Mom so much in my own tiny battle to be better. XOXO Oma Linda

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  10. Stacy, you have mentioned bits and pieces of this story over the time I have known you, but never did I have any idea what horrors you went through. Dr. Gupta is amazing! And I am so thankful you did not need to have that surgery. You are a true inspiration to all of us. Thanks for sharing this personal and scary story. I am sending you hugs and so much positive energy to ensure you won't go through anything like this again. You are amazing!! Love, Robin.

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  11. Stacy, my dear friend, I am so sorry for what you have gone thru!!! You are a very brave and inspirational friend. Thank you for sharing your story. I wish you the very best now and in the future.

    Hugs My Friend,
    Jan

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  12. Your big heart and a big circle of love and prayers came back to you in your time of need. Thank God for your doc and mom and all those who helped you. Your own belief in and in visualizing your good health -worked ♥

    Congrats on your awards and continued good health! ♥

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  13. You're a VERY STRONG girl, Stacy. They way you helped yourself is something great.
    It's always terrible when our bodies betray us. But I have leanned that there's always a reason. As I already told you, 2 years ago I had urgent surgery for a very big ovary cyst and last stage endometriosis. I think this fact made me start doodling and helped me improve my artistic abilities.
    And it happened something like that to you, too, didn't it? Sometimes our bodies just want us to realize something. :))

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  14. Your's is a remarkable story of faith and healing. I am so happy that you came through your ordeal with flying colors and are here to brighten our life's with your wit, charm, humor and art.

    We are all blessed with your loving generosity and kindness.

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  15. Stacy, you are indeed very lucky to be alive and I am so happy you are!

    You are the ultimate sweetheart and I can think of no one with a bigger heart than you, my friend!

    Brightest Blessings,

    Kim

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  16. For as long as I have known you,
    I have admired your upbeat personality and strength of character. You are truly amazing to have gone through such an ordeal and to have turned out so positive about life. I'm proud to call you my friend, Stacy. You are my hero.

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  17. You have really been through it Stacy! What an ordeal! I have always loved your positive attitude. I need to do do exercising in front of a candle/stones/incense myself!

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  18. Oh my goodness Stacy! What an ordeal you went through... You are one of the sweetest people, I've only met you very recently, but I am so glad that I have!

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  19. I know how hard it is to tell people something so personal. You went through a horrible ordeal and came out of it as this amazingly strong, kind and cheerful being. I'm thankful things worked out so well for you. Hugs

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  20. What an awful time you had. I'm so glad you made it through your terrible ordeal. You must have a guardian angel watching over you! Hugs

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  21. Stacy, Thank goodness for the combined healing powers you tapped from within & Dr Gupta!!!!!! You are such a strong force & you are wrapped in a cloak of generosity and emanate love & kindness, you (can I say?) are a rare bird crow gal :) and the journey you shared here shows your powerful strength both in endurance and in sharing the tale, so pleased to call you friend - love you sweetie x

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  22. You are an amazing spirit, gf. Thank you for sharing your incredible and inspirational story. Love that you kept those positive thoughts going through those exercises and refused to believe you needed the operation. Anyone can claim to be strong but when faced with difficult challenges, some fall apart, but it's warrior chicas like you that rock and inspire us all! Love and hugs to you and many thanks for being YOU!! xo

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  23. Oh honey, I am so thankful that you were healed to be the woman you are today. I am so sorry that you had to go through that horrible ordeal. It must have been simply devastating. Though it is a tragic story, it has a happy ending as well as a beautiful lesson in spiritual faith of every kind! I am hugging you so tight right now you are making a face from the squeezing. Love, Mina

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  24. Oh, I forgot. Congratulations on those wonderful awards! ;-)

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  25. Congrats on all the awards! You deserve each one, you are a gem. :) That's a pretty scary story but I believe in self healing and that is exactly what happened. Our minds are powerful things. :)

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  26. Oh what an ordeal you had! So glad that it turned out alright. Congratulations on all your awards. No one is more deserving of awards that you. Take care my friend. ;-)

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  27. Stacy, I am so glad you were able to pull through this. It must have been so scary and painful. The power of believing is so amazing and you have that power!!! Keep up the strength!

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  28. I have an award to You, too. I love Your crows. You can find Your award in my blog :-)

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  29. Oh, so brave, and inspiring. How scary, and awful. My beloved needed the stomach injections when he got clots last year, let alone all the other stuff you had going on. Your mother must have been terrified. Thank goodness for good doctors.

    So much strength. You are an inspiration.

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  30. Congrats on all your awards..fabulous! and thanks for sharing your touching story, and awesome recovery..fantastic..the spirit is strong and can survive anything!
    Wonderful!
    Have a happy wkd!
    V~

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  31. oh,my sweet Stacy!!! so much for you to have gone through. this has brought you to a special place..has it not? where each day is special and you see life through happy eyes?
    when we go through dangerous times it changes us..and we choose to make it good,or not. we are all blessed to have you in our lives..you share the good and happy...I am honored to call you friend!!!
    congratulations on your awards..they are certainly well deserved!!
    a wonderful weekend to you!!!
    ..and my thanks to your Mom,for having raised such a wonderful woman...!!

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  32. Dearest Stacy, you deserve a hundred awards! You are amazing and you are a MIRACLE! Thank you so much for sharing your story!

    big loves sent!! xoxo

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  33. You are such a tremendous sweet heart, I'm so glad everything went well and you were able to heal. And now here you are, such a blessing and light to others. What a gift! You truly deserve these wonderful awards. You spread so much sunshine, it is a blessing and treat to know you. Thank you for sharing your story, it is very inspiring.
    Cheers!

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  34. What an ordeal Stacy. I can't imagine how challenging that all was for you to go through. Having said that, I remember you telling me that you ended up becoming an artist because of this experience so I am happy to see you on this happy side. :) Much love.

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  35. Wow Stacy, I am so thankful that you are here with us. What an awful thing to go through.

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  36. Oh my gosh, Stacy...what an amazing story! I almost cried reading it! You're an amazing person. I always knew it...now even more so. I'm so happy you're well now! Of course, you had to survive so you could paint your wonderful crows! Love you, dear friend!
    Cindy

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  37. Hugs for you Stacy, you are brave for all you went through and brave for sharing your story with the world.

    X

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  38. Oh Stacy thank you so much for sharing your story. My love and hugs to you, your mom, your doctor and the hospital staff for bringing you into all of our lives. I love the story of positive affirmations. Miracles can happen and you are one of them!!

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  39. Wow you are lucky they finally figured it out!! I am so happy they did and that you are here to share your words and paintings!! So whatever you are doing {{Keep It Up!!!!!!!}}

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  40. Thank you for sharing your story, Stacy. It makes me want to be more careful with the foods I eat, as I have food allergies that trigger irritable bowel syndrome. And I know I was given three separate doses of three separate antibiotics when I had an abscessed tooth. Antibiotics can 'turn' on your own immune system, which happened to me and it has taken a year for my intestinal tract to get back to normal. What you went through sounds very, very scary. So glad you had so many people praying and chanting for you, and your own fight to get well and what you did for yourself. You are an inspiration!
    lots of love and continued prayers that you will stay well,
    Teresa in California
    http://amagicalwhimsy.blogspot.com/

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  41. I am so glad things worked out... You are a miracle and you spread so much joy to all of us! Thank you for sharing your story.

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  42. Thank you Stacy for sharing your story. Thanks to your mom, your doctor and everyone who brought you out of that awful sickness! And I am so glad you shared your positive affirmations. Our words are so powerful and you are a testimony to that! You are definitely a miracle and inspiration to shine in all of our lives!

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  43. ...greetings kindred spirit! ~ i've only now discovered thine heroic epic tale ~ to be at the other end of that long tunnel ~ must be such a joy for thee! ~ thankyoU! ~ for taking the time to share this intimate story! ~ keep on dancing ~ singing ~ shining ~ my dear brave Stacy! ~ blessed be!...(0:

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  44. I came here tonight (can't sleep) to read your story again. I'm crying! You went through so much!! You give me strength. I found out my next surgery is June 13th. I'm going to start exercising, drinking healthy "green" drinks daily and repeat my affirmations...just as you did! Thank you again for sharing a ring this, Stacy. Love you!!

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  45. I came here tonight (can't sleep) to read your story again. I'm crying! You went through so much!! You give me strength. I found out my next surgery is June 13th. I'm going to start exercising, drinking healthy "green" drinks daily and repeat my affirmations...just as you did! Thank you again for sharing a ring this, Stacy. Love you!!

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  46. THANK YOU for sharing this story.
    love & love,
    -g-

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  47. Oh my sweet, sweet Little Magic Love Crow, I am so sorry for the pain, the confusion, the fear and despair you must have felt at time, a nightmare, I am so sorry that anything so brutal happened to someone so magical and beautiful as you are, short hair, curly hair long hair red hair blue hair who cares, you're beautiful inside out and always will be, thanks for sharing this I'm thinking that it can help a lot of people who think that horrors never end they do. Because Love is bigger than any pain in the world, and you are full of love which you share with everyone, which in my books makes you pretty darned special, I didn't think I could love you more, but hey I love you more, and your magical love crows, thank God for them, I hug you fiercely.....

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  48. And today, I find myself loving you more such magic you create for others in need of it, after all the pain, the trauma, the agony, and the fear, you still show us magic. I love you little Magic Love Crow, you make my life less painful, by your courage, your generosity of spirit, and the Love you give, freely to all who need it. I need it, and I thank God for you every day.

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  49. Dear sweet brave one, I'm not sure why I haven't read your story before now, but now that I have, I have tears running down my face. I am inspired by your loving spirit. Magic shines through your art. Your crows are indeed your guardians. Brightest blessings dear one.

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  50. wow you went through a lot but u sure sound strong and also know when to ask for help - for guidance, etc. You certainly have angels around you but the most important thing I believe - is you "yielded" to the best you could be and healed and that is great.

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  51. Hello Stacy,
    Having seen you at Jan's blog I just had to come and pay a visit. Thank you for sharing your story here ... and may your crows keep you healed and safe.

    All the best Jan

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  52. THAT is quite a story, all right. Stacy, you are one strong young lady. You were so lucky to find a doctor who knew what he was doing.

    Blue

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Thank you for taking the time to comment! I'm very grateful! Your words are very special to me! Big Hugs!