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June 13, 2008


  • Mood: Sympathy
Many of you know Anita.  I'm not going to post her DA account name, but she is a truly gifted fractal artist and real inspiration to me.  It isn't like I want to keep her identity a secret, but the last thing she needs right now is to feel guilty over not being able to personally and individually respond to tons of well-wishes on her page.  I hope you understand.

Anita has not been on DA for some weeks now.  Her health has really taken a hit.  She has had 3 E.R. visits in the last 4 weeks.  Thyroid Storm, Atrial Fibrillation, vocal cord muscle wasting (losing her voice) and losing muscle mass in most of her muscles.  

She has been diagnosed with Graves' Disease (her Thyroid gland is being attacked by her body and is producing high amounts of thyroid hormone) and it has affected numerous areas of the body, including making her heart beat irregularly and way too fast.  (it depletes protein in the cells)'s autoimmune. She has lost 26 pounds since December.

It's taken 9 months to diagnose Anita, and it didn't happen until her heart went "nuts" and they started doing some thyroid tests at the hospital.  Surprisingly, her mood is OK.  She is just literally too exhausted to do much. The medications are working slowly, including hearts meds, but it will be months before she reaches any sort of norm.  And, when you are feeling this bad, too bad even for fractals, countless trips to countless specialists just to get diagnosed on top of almost-weekly trips to the Emergency Room really take a lot out of you.

If you pray, please pray for Anita.  If you don't, do something else that you think will help.  Light a candle or something.  Anita's isn't the kind of person to ask a lot for herself, but I care enough for her to do it on her behalf.

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TearsAndThunder Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008
It's a nice thing being of loving service to others, eh Daniel?

This :heart: is for you...for all you give, but mostly for being the man you are.
djeaton3162 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's sweet. Thank you.
TearsAndThunder Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2008
You're welcome, Daniel. :hug:
purple-whirlpool Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008
Thanks for the info Dan. I will get to work praying for her diligently. Give her my blessings. God bless you both. :hug:
lucid-light Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
:heart: for her
StitcherLadyxx Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love Anita, and she has my prayers. Thank you so much for this update, Daniel.

:heart: for Anita
Escara40 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008   General Artist
Hi Daniel
I think this action is very kind of you :)
I dont know Anita but I lighted a candle for her and wish her all the best. I'll pray for her :heart:

Greetings Esther :hug:
baba49 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you Daniel for caring and letting us know about Anita. I didn't know what to think when I noticed her long absence.
I'll be thinking of her. Hopefully she has found the right doctors now that give her the right treatment.
terrye634 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008   Digital Artist
I have been wondering why I hadn't seen her here or heard anything from her! I really hope she is going to be okay. Bless her, just when they get a handle on one thing, something else hits her. I'll be praying for her and keeping her in my thoughts. Thank you, Daniel, for letting us know what is going on with her, I really appreciate it. :hug:
rimete Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008   General Artist
Very kind thought and although I don't know who are speaking about, I don't ever want to hear that another person is in pain or ill.

Hope, prayers and thoughts go to her (even unknown) and a very kind gesture on your part to relay the message and also to use discretion.
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