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Occupation Secretary
Location Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
Introduction From the AVM SURVIVORS web site: "Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are defects of the circulatory system that are generally believed to arise during embryonic or fetal development or soon after birth. Although AVMs can develop in many different sites, those located in the brain or spinal cord can have especially widespread effects on the body". I am currently undergoing embolizations with Dr. Wayne Yakes @ the Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, CO every 8 weeks! Our lives are either planning a procedure, having a procedure or recovering from a procedure! The trick lately seems to be to keep the "bleeds" under control! My husband Mark is also my caregiver! He has become an expert wound care therapist, not to mention all around bundle of being just exactly what I need to get through the day and this ordeal we call an AVM! I recently finished 10 years of Embolizations w/Dr. Yakes and am finally ready for my next stage - Debulking and reconstructive surgery w/Dr. Robinson in CO - he is a dentist and plastic surgeon! Best advice to an avm patient - Stay positive and surround yourself with supportive people! Lots of faith, prayer and love are all crucial too!
Interests Counted Cross stitching, rubber stamping, calligraphy, inkwells, angels, victorian things and inspirational things! Our family includes 2 Brussels Griffon puppies named Hanzel, (but we call him Hanz) and Bella! We have 1 Siamese cat - Midori! My newest hobby is my Build a Bear, Saba! She is named after one of the techs @ Swedish that is from Eastern Ethiopia! Saba (the bear) will accompany me to every procedure from now until I am AVM Free! She and I are currently getting ready to enjoy the Olympics! Had to update this a bit to say that I've adopted the Build a Bear my sister Celia made, because she found that it just was not a hobby for her. So now I own Rulon - named after the American weightlifter that won the gold medal in the Olympics a few years back - upsetting the Russian team that had won the gold 4 consecutive years! The bear is a little chubby, therefore the name Rulon! Both bears wanted a little sister, so along came Bella! She is a light pink and looks like the fabric softner bear! She is named after the main character in the Twilight books!
Favorite Movies The Twilight Sagas, New Moon, Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility and Emma! The Proposal, As Good As It Gets, Valentines Day. Moonstruck, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Parent Trap and City Slickers!
Favorite Music Country, especially Trace Adkins, Tracy Lawrence, Josh Turner, George Jones and Taylor Swift! The Band Perry, Colton Dixon and Carrie Underwood!
Favorite Books Kenneth Folletts: Pillars of the Earth and World Without End! All of the Stephenie Meyer books starting w/Twilight! Authors P.C. Cast and P.J. Parrish! Dog books like A Dogs Purpose and A Dogs Journey!