Hi, everyone! I know that it may appear that I’ve dropped off the face of the planet. I’ve been swamped with work. If I can just get through December 15 and get my deadlines out of the way, I believe I’ll be able to actually breathe. There has been so much going on and the only people really knowing about any of it has been my Facebook and Twitter friends. I haven’t had much time to make a blog entry. Just little Facebook updates and Twitter Tweets.
Tammy is a close friend of mine. We started working together when she was the mentor coordinator with the CGOA. I got to meet her two years’ ago in Manchester. And, she is such a fun, vibrant person (and you can’t miss her with that beautiful red hair!). I believe that I may have spent too much time with her, in fact. She was just so fun to be around. I missed her desperately when I had to return home.
After I had the chance to meet her in person, over the months following the conference, I found that she was someone to whom I could turn when I was having problems. It didn’t matter what the problem. It could be crochet-related, pattern-related, teenage daughter related. LOL She was always there and was so encouraging and helpful, even when she realized that I just needed a sounding board.
Even in Manchester, Tammy “joked” about this mystery illness that no one could seem to diagnose. She was sick, very sick. But, she just wouldn’t let it bring her down. It was later that she was finally diagnosed with Chronic Lyme Disease. Lyme Disease is a difficult illness. Chronic Lyme, however, is the manifestation of the illness when it’s not detected and treated in its early stages.
I’ve watched Tammy and her family suffer for so long. With Tammy being such a private person, I was unsure what I could possibly do to try to return the love and support to her that she had always given to me. But, Tammy’s desire to let people know about Chronic Lyme Disease finally gave me the way to try to help.
Please visit the website below to read more about this illness, about Tammy and her family and about how you can help too, if you’d like.
I encourage everyone to send in Personal Messages. I’ve only had a couple, but I would love to see lots of love sent to Tammy. When she’s feeling down, she can just visit the page and read your messages of encouragement and love. That would be terrific!
If you browse over to the Drawing page, you’ll see how much Tammy is loved by the design community. Several designers are donating all kinds of things to people making monetary gifts to Tammy and her family. There are autographed books, finished projects which were used for the publication models, PDF patterns, pattern leaflets, etc. Lots and lots of stuff! Every time I look at that list of items being donated, I can’t help but smile. Tammy has touched so many people with her big heart. I just hope that I can somehow return that love to her.
We love you, Tammy!