A lot of you know my friend Kathy Krivitski from Seaside Stampin’ Ink – or you may have seen her at shows in the eastern half of the country. She comes with a tough outer shell, but a sweeter lady you will never meet – and I love the way she describes herself. These are her words -- “a little more biker chick than Vera Bradley girl … although I do own a bunch of them. I guess you could call me an oxymoron. Likes Harley’s, Longaberger Baskets, and Vera Bradley Purses.” To which I responded -- “Birds … you forgot birds.”
To be precise, macaws. Kathy and her husband Joe do a show near their home in Ocean City, MD every year – and I still remember the first time she walked into the building with one of those birds perched on her shoulder.
Kathy has been having health issues for several years. Until a couple of weeks ago, her major fight was with Transverse Myelitis – it’s an inflammation of the spinal cord that has caused permanent numbness in one of her legs, and if it returns could affect the other one as well. Her doctor says she’s lucky to be walking at this point. But she continues to travel to shows.
And right now, that’s the least of her worries . . .
Kathy has a blood clot and plaque in the posterior basal artery in her brain – and if any of it breaks off or moves, it could cause a significant stroke. It’s large and dangerous – and it’s inoperable. So far, she is being treated with blood thinners and cholesterol meds – and the neurologist at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore told her she needs to stay calm (oh,yeah) and not lift anything heavy while the specialists decide what to do next.
I asked Kathy if I could share her situation on the blog . . . explained what support from you folks did for my mom and how much it meant to her (and me). Kathy is a firm believer in the power of prayer, and says that notes of support really cheer her up. So I hope that you’ll come through for her like you did for Mom and me – please remember her in your prayers and if you have a few minutes send her a note at email@example.com