Remembering Alyssa Jo Furman

 

It has been a roller coaster 24 hours. It was about 4:00 p.m. yesterday that we found out that my niece AJ was about to get new lungs. At 10:30 last night, we were informed that was not meant to be–the lungs were no good.

Early this morning (3/28/18), God called home his newest angel! AJ’s lung transplant was not to be. She is now resting in His precious arms!

Along with continued prayers, we are needing a bit of help to get Alyssa’s body home from St. Paul, MN to Oshkosh, WI. I have set up a fundraiser to help my brother and his family out during this difficult time. Won’t you please consider helping our family out?

https://www.youcaring.com/dougfurmanfamily-1148145

As my sister Mare Mare so eloquently put it this morning, “Alyssa can breathe again, but the rest of us, our breath has been taken away!”

Fly free beautiful butterfly…your cocoon is open wide!

Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life.  And everyone deserves a little sunshine.
~Jeffrey Glassberg
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Christmas 2013 with the cousins — from left — Alyssa, Crystal, Corrina and Catelynn.

 

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Thoughts and Musings…Hope and Hugs…

The last few days have been a bit of a struggle. My 21-year-old niece has been fighting for her life. This quote truly hit home!

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Alyssa Jo from Kokomo (as my dad lovingly called her) was born with cystic fibrosis. It is a horrid disease.

It is a disease that is as hard to pronounce for little kids as it is to live with on a daily basis. Young kids think it is pronounced 65 roses.

Can you imagine, waking up every day and not being able to breathe? I surely can’t and I will tell you that I truly take that for granted (as I am sure most anybody does). Alyssa can’t!

I remember AJ as a little girl, my brother and his wife always having to beat on her back to loosen the mucus that gathered in her lungs to clear them out enough for her to breathe. They always felt they were abusing their baby girl, but if you did not do it, she would not have lived.

Alyssa has been inside the hospital so many times that you lose count! At least on a yearly basis she would be in because she caught a bug and her breathing became more labored. Constant medications, constant treatment, constant prayers, constant…constant…constant!

A person with CF has to complete a combination of the following therapies on a DAILY basis:

  • Airway clearance to help loosen and get rid of the thick mucus that can build up in the lungs. Some airway clearance techniques require help from family members, friends, or respiratory therapists. Many people with CF use an inflatable vest that vibrates the chest at a high frequency to help loosen and thin mucus.
  • Inhaled medicines to open the airways or thin the mucus. These are liquid medicines that are made into a mist or aerosol and then inhaled through a nebulizer. These medicines include antibiotics to fight lung infections and therapies to help keep the airways clear.
  • Pancreatic enzyme supplement capsules to improve the absorption of vital nutrients. These supplements are taken with every meal and most snacks. People with CF also usually take multivitamins.

My niece is waiting to be put on the transplant list for new lungs. She was not sick enough a couple of weeks ago to be put on the transplant list — and now, she is too sick! The doctors are working hard on getting her to the point when she can be added.

AJ had emergency surgery late yesterday (3/20). They have bypassed her heart and lungs so they don’t have to work so hard right now for her. She continues to be on a ventilator and will be on it for a while. She is a fighter and we hope she continues to fight the good fight. She’s turned this corner but is not out of the woods yet, by any means.

The hardest part is being in Wisconsin as they are going through these struggles in Minnesota. I want to be there in the worst way–not only for Alyssa, but for my brother Doug and his wife Sam and their other kids Corina and Ryan. However, I am battling a cold right now and I can’t risk compromising anyone’s health.

This reminds me of one of my favorite cards. Hope and Hugs…that and many, many, many prayers are what I keep sending to my brother and his family these days!

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Hug your loved ones everyone. You never know when you will be able to do so again! And if you believe in the power of prayer (I do–as I am living proof they work), please say a prayer for AJ and her family!

THANK YOU!

Cindy Lou

 

Oh happy day…

The sun is shining, the temps are warmer and the days are longer….WOOO HOOOO spring has sprung! Let’s hope it stays here, right?!?! ~crossing my fingers!!~

More goodies were released for the last hurrah of Sale-A-Bration 2018. You can check out the new goodies here! Sale ends March 31, 2018!

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Also, wanted to give you the heads up that soon Stampin’ Up! will be releasing our new annual catalog (June, 2018). That means, new In-Colors will be coming to us — and past ones will be retiring. They WILL GO FAST!! So, get them NOW before they are ALL gone!

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I hosted my card buffet this past Saturday and had a blast with a 12 x 12 One-Sheet-Wonder class. It was GREAT fun! Here are the cards that we made. I had masculine card stock and feminine card stock available to play with.

Here are copies of the cards that were made (2 of each design). One Sheet Wonder Cards #1

One Sheet Wonder #1 Inside

I don’t usually put sentiments on the inside of my cards. I like to write personal messages to folks. I had to chuckle, because inside EACH of these cards is a sentiment! Maybe I am changing my ways?!?!

One Sheet Wonder #2

One Sheet Wonder #2 Inside

Here is the grid for measuring and cutting 12×12-One-Sheet-Wonder. Isn’t it great that there is SO LITTLE WASTE (bottom right hand corner)?

Thanks for stopping in today. Hope you enjoyed our One-Sheet-Wonder!

 

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SAVE THE DATES — Event coming up!!

NeXT CaRD BuFFeT — Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UW Oshkosh in Sage Hall, Room 3206. Choose six cards to create for just $15.

RSVP by Thursday, April 12 so I will have enough materials cut and ready to roll! Hope to see you there!

Let me know if you have specific cards that you might need (i.e. baby, birthday, wedding, anniversary, sympathy).

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Check out the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs on the right hand side of the blog. Earn free product for each $50 spend (before tax and shipping) with Sale-A-Bration that ends Mar. 31, 2018.

A new batch of SAB goodies will be released on Feb. 16. Stay tuned for more!

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Stamp'nSass Watermark     CindyLou

Tired of Ice–Need Some Spring!

Show of hands, who is tired of the cold and ice? I AM!

As you can see, the post earlier last week, and this one have to do with flowers. I am SOOOOOOO ready for spring and warmer weather.

Lemon Lime Birthday Front

The card base is 4 1/4″ x 11″ WHISPER WHITE CARDSTOCK (#100730) scored at 5 1/2″.

The LEMON LIME TWIST ink (#144086) that was used on emboss resist floral paper (cut to 4″ X 5 1/4″) resonates spring to me. A baby wipe was used to color the edges of this paper.

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Another layer of  WHISPER WHITE CARDSTOCK was used (cut to 3 3/4″ x 4″). I hand-colored the head of the flowers with CAJUN CRAZE STAMPIN’ WRITE MARKER (#131262) and the stem with LEMON LIME TWIST STAMPIN’ WRITE MARKER (#144033). The sentiment was stamped in CAJUN CRAZE (#126695) as well!

I added a bow using the LEMON LIME TWIST 1/2″ FINELY WOVEN RIBBON (#144135) to help make this card pop.

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Doesn’t this just scream spring to you? Are you ready for warmth and sunshine??

Don’t forget to RSVP for the upcoming Mar. 17 card buffet — details below — SO MUCH FUN!

 

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SAVE THE DATES — Event coming up!!

NeXT CaRD BuFFeT — Saturday, Mar. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UW Oshkosh in Sage Hall, Room 3206. Choose six cards to create for just $15.

RSVP by Thursday, Mar. 15 so I will have enough materials cut and ready to roll! Hope to see you there!

Let me know if you have specific cards that you might need (i.e. baby, birthday, wedding, anniversary, sympathy).

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Check out the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs on the right hand side of the blog. Earn free product for each $50 spend (before tax and shipping) with Sale-A-Bration that ends Mar. 31, 2018.

A new batch of SAB goodies will be released on Feb. 16. Stay tuned for more!

CM100010B

Stamp'nSass Watermark     CindyLou