I have the most wonderful news to share with all of you today! My sister, Donna (that's her beautiful smiling face you see in the picture), who has been battling ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome) since last September, is on the road to recovery! They have confirmed that she is in the final stage of ARDS, known as "Resolution and Recovery." She is off of life support now and, as of yesterday, breathing on her own! She's doing so well, we fully expect her to be moved from intensive care within the next few days to a private room! I cannot tell you how truly excited and grateful we are for this miracle! We came so very, very close to losing her many times over the past three months due to this heart-wrenching illness. We have so much to be thankful for and look forward to in this brand new year as we support her now through her recovery and rehabilitation!
Donna has a long road ahead of her as she recovers (physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy) and I want to be there for her as much as possible during this journey. I'm going to continue my leave of absence from Pals Paper Arts for the next few months so I can support her and encourage her as she recovers and rehabilitates. The leave is only temporary (from January through March) and the very talented Pam Giudici will be filling my spot on PPA while I'm away. I love Pam's work and I know you will too! I won't be completely inactive, as I'll still be working behind the scenes at PPA to bring you new sketches and color challenges for this new year! I hope you'll continue to hang in there with me through the next few months and I trust you will understand and support the reason for my absence.
I can't begin to find the words to express the gratitude I have for all of you out there who've supported both me and my family these last few months with your thoughts, prayers, e-mails, and beautiful cards. Special thanks to Mary and my fellow PPA design team members, and to all of the Stampin' Pretty Pals, who've been there for me, too! It is truly wonderful to know that so many people care!