Surgery is scheduled!

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I already posted this on my GoFundMe site but wanted to be sure I posted it here for my customers as well. I am officially scheduled for my surgery January 18th, 2013. I will be leaving for Mayo on January 16th and will be there until atleast January 23rd. After that it will be recovery time for me. I will be off of work until March 4th (tentatively). This is the “hopeful no complications time frame”. I will keep you posted as things get closer so that everyone is aware of the exact time frames that I won’t be able to take on new commission orders etc.
Stay Spooky and Healthy!
Your Gutless Girl – LDG Nicole

Giving back to Mayo!

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I just made my donation to the Mayo Clinic’s Discoveries 2013 research program. I was able to choose that my donation goes towards gastroenterology research. Without Mayo Clinic I would not have the answers that I have been searching 7 years for. Their research is what got me the answers I needed and I hope that it will help others suffering from gastrointestinal issues and diseases. 

If interested in donating please go here:
https://development-comm.mayoclinic.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=626

Every dollar of your tax-deductible gift goes to funding the lifesaving research, outstanding patient care and critical medical education our patients and their families will be counting on in 2013.

Stay Spooky and Supportive!
LDG Nicole

More Dr. Frankenstein in my future

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Dr. C’s drawing of a normal colon and my colon when
explaining my condition to me.

As many of you know from my past posts that I have been dealing with digestive health issues for over the past 7 years. I recently had closed my Etsy shop temporarily in October because I had to take a trip to the Mayo Clinic. Since that appointment I was put on a medication for over a month that did not end up working. I am now set up with an appointment to go back to Mayo Clinic on December 18th to meet with a surgeon. It has finally come to the point that surgery is the best option for me. Because of 7 years of doctor opinions, many tests, medications and diet trials I have accumulated many bills and debt. With surgery in my future this is only going to get worse but I have decided to still move forward because my health is what is most important. I have decided to set up a GoFundMe page to ask for help. I am not begging for hand outs. I have been stressing for over 7 years only making my condition worse and I am trying to find ways to make surgery and recovery less stressful for me and my husband. I have been dealing with this for so long I am ready to move forward and start living again. Every penny, every dollar and every thought counts! If you would like to help out please visit my page to read more about my situation and make a monetary gift www.gofundme.com/nicolen. If you prefer the give something get a little something approach then please visit my Etsy shop and make a purchase. Whatever does not cover my supply costs will be used to help pay these expenses as well. Thank you to everyone in advance for your help during all of this. Once I have surgery scheduled I will post an update so everyone will know when I will be out of commission from custom art orders and when my Etsy shop will be put on “vacation mode” to be temporarily closed while I am in the hospital. Any orders for pre-made items during my recovery time will be shipped out by my husband so that we still can have the extra income from the orders that are placed.

Stay Spooky and Healthy!
LDG Nicole

Important Update!

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Important update!! Please read!!
My Etsy Shop and commission requests will be put on hold the week of October 15th. I will be out of town seeing a medical specialist and will have no access to shipping out orders or doing commission pieces while I am gone.
If you need something before Halloween please contact me ASAP to assure it arrives on time. If not I will be back to my crazy creative self come October 22nd!
Stay Spooky!
LDG Nicole´╗┐