Coffee Break with Katie: Our Adventure

Posted on March 9, 2011 in Life by Katie Oskin

 

About one month ago I announced that I was going on an adventure (see the post from Feb. 9th)…an adventure that would last a considerably long time, but bring new excitement, adventures, and promises into my & my husband’s life.

Something that I don’t readily share is my daily fight…I was born with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) the day I was born.

While I won’t go into the details of CF in full, I will say that it is a life-long struggle, process, and daily fight to stay healthy.  In November of 2010, we had a realization from my doctors that my right upper lobe of my lung was extremely sick and unhealthy.  This one unhealthy part of my lung was causing the rest of my respiratory health to suffer.   After many consultations and visits to Cleveland Clinic and meetings with the transplant team, it was decided that the only course of appropriate action was to have the right upper lobe of my lung removed.

So, on  Feb. 10, my husband and I faithfully made the drive to Cleveland Clinic.  This is where our adventure begins.  I sat awaiting my surgery with my husband, Mom, Dad, & Pastor.  We did not know what the outcome of this surgery would be.  We knew that the surgery would save my life in some regards by adding up to 20 years of GOOD lung health.  But we also knew that the recovery would be excruciating, hard, painful, and very difficult to get through…and would last about six months to one year.

The surgery went very well.  I spent the 24 hours after my surgery in ICU, and was then moved to a surgical recovery wing for the next 3 days.  When I was released from surgical care, I was then transfered down to Akron Children’s Hospital, where I spent the next two and a half weeks recovering.  Because of the amount of medicine and need for constant care, my hubby and I temporarily moved in with my parents for the next several weeks.  I have had severe limitations placed on my activity and general “every day” living.  Perhaps the hardest is that I can not drive for 8-12 weeks, I can not got grocery shopping because I can not reach, nor am I allowed to lift anything over 5 pounds…or carry laundry baskets.  You can see how all this might hinder my general “every day” life.  So by temporarily moving, my hubby can still work, I can get rest, and I can be taken care of.

So far, the adventure has been a grand one: excitement, tears, joy, laughter, hardship, aches, pains, but more love and prayers than I could ever have expected.  So while I settle into my “new lungs” and my “second chance” at health, I am excited at all the new adventures and experiences that I will get to have with my husband.

So for right now, while my custom orders are temporarily on hold, I was plenty busy before my surgery to keep some new things coming into my store.  My sketch pad has been plenty busy getting designs ready.  So while I spend the next few weeks recovering and sketching designs, this spring we will be sure to offer some fantastic new designs and concept art to all of our buyers.

For all of you who offered up prayers, well wishes, and offerings of good luck last month, we sincerely thank you.  We would also like to ask that you continue to lift up those prayers that my recovery time will be lessened and that we can be back into “full swing” really soon!

 
28 Comments for this entry
BijiBijoux
April 2, 2011
01:17

>We miss you here and we want to see you again and your awesome work in your shop.
God is good! Take care:)

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Sewinggranny - Mona
March 22, 2011
21:18

>Katie…take care and hope you will soon be able to head home!

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Katie - ToyStoryNutty
March 12, 2011
19:21

>Thank you all for your kinds words, warm thoughts, prayers, and well wishes. It is truly due to God's goodness, the steadfastness of my husband, and the enduring strength of my Mom and Dad that I have made it through thus far. Though I seem to have many bad days…I also have many good days. God bless each of you!

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Amy's Clay Critters
March 11, 2011
10:48

>Katie,

Thank you for sharing your story. You are a inspiration to us all. You are a positive beautiful woman and I wish you good healing and lots of love to you and your wonderful family.

Amy xx

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Kristi
March 10, 2011
08:43

>So sorry that you have been through such severe health issues – but I hope your recovery will be swift and good!

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Martine
March 10, 2011
08:02

>I really hope you will get well soon. I remember after the surgary I had in my back two years ago I was not allowed to lift more than 1kg for a couple of months.
It's good that you have family who help you and take care of you until you are recovered.
Best of luck! 🙂

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Inessa
March 10, 2011
00:06

>Oh Katie… I am in shock, you are so brave! I hope you recover really really soon.

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petite hermine
March 10, 2011
00:00

>Oh no, that's tough. I'm glad your surgery went well. I wish you the best and hope your road to recovery is a fast one!

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Bonnie(wickedlittlemonsters)
March 9, 2011
23:49

>WOW Katie, this really stunned me, I never would have guessed you were dealing with something like CF, because you are such an upbeat, positive, and inspiring person..I would like to say, bless you and your family, and you will always be in my thoughts and prayers..But mostly I really wanna say, YOU ARE ONE AWESOME WOMAN!! Stay that way!
xoxoBonnie

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Sewinggranny - Mona
March 9, 2011
23:30

>Kate, thank you for sharing!! I wish you a speedy recovery! It is wonderful to have family at a time like this!
Take care of yourself!

ps…this was not the kind of adventure I visioned for you.

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galla15
March 9, 2011
21:21

>I am so glad you shared this! It is so inspiring to read of your strength and faith! It sounds like you are recovering well despite what you have been through. We do miss you on Etsy and can't wait to have you back in the swing of things.
I will keep you and your family in my thoughts.

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jlcjbuzz
March 9, 2011
21:16

>Thanks for sharing this about your self. Your experience should be an inspiration to many! You are a strong, positive woman, filled with God's Grace. I hope your recovery is complete, yet brief!
Carol from Carol's Jewelry Orchard

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Kath
March 9, 2011
20:29

>God is great! He's seen you through to this point and will continue too.
==Kath

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Glitterbird Glamour
March 9, 2011
20:00

>I never would have guessed! You are always so cheerful and upbeat, you are truly an inspiration. I am so glad that you have your faith to sustain you.

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Crystal Zacharias
March 9, 2011
18:08

>Wow, you've dealt with something! Praise God for carrying you through and He will continue to help you on your recovery! Take it easy!

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Sea Flower Studios
March 9, 2011
17:49

>You're a brave and strong woman! So happy to hear you're being well taken care of and all my wishes for a quick recovery!

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Katie - ToyStoryNutty
March 9, 2011
16:15

>Thank you all for your kind words. I spent 23 days in the hospital and I'm currently recovering in my parents home where me and hubby have moved in temporarily. I continue to face daily pain and daily struggles…but God is SO GOOD and continues to see me through everything. Thank you for your outpouring of love and prayers!

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Linda B
March 9, 2011
15:55

>Katie,
I'm definitely praying for you. May you be well for 120+ years (a Hebrew expression).

Keep on sketching.

Linda B.

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hoganshandiwork
March 9, 2011
15:41

>Katie, I am so sorry to hear about all of this, but I am thankful that the Lord has blessed you through it! I certainly know what is to endure pain, hospital stays, etc.

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VeCeramics
March 9, 2011
15:06

>You are an inspiration to us all.

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Michelle
March 9, 2011
14:30

>I hope that your great adventure continues to give you the blessings and healing that you need.

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Leah R. Hood, Jewelry Designer & Artisan
March 9, 2011
14:12

>I'll pray that you heal fully and are blessed with 20+ more years of good lung health! Thanks for sharing.

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Crimson Hill Soaps and Scents
March 9, 2011
13:43

>Very inspiring and I wish you the best. Your positive attitude will take you far:)

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bagsofblessing
March 9, 2011
13:36

>Thank you for sharing this inspiring story. I have been close to someone with CF, and pray that your surgery will bring you health and life to the fullest.
Blessings to you all.

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Jill Q
March 9, 2011
13:16

>Your faith is very strong, Katie. You and your family will be blessed through God's Grace.

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bountyofbeads
March 9, 2011
12:43

>What an amazingly beautiful tribute to Gods Grace, your Faith and amazing outlook. Thank you for sharing.

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Sandy's Creations
March 9, 2011
10:21

>Katie, you have been through so much, but now you are on to a new adventure. An adventure of healing and renewed life. You are an inspiration to all. I pray that your healing will continue and that you will be home soon doing all the things you love to do. Blessings to you and your family.
Sandy

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Trina (Trina's Clay Creations)
March 9, 2011
08:35

>Dear Katie,
I prayed for you every day during your adventure. What you've been through this past month is quite something, and I thank you for sharing your story. I admire your strength, your courage, and your amazingly beautiful outlook. You are an inspiration to me, and I'm sure to many others. I will continue to pray for you every day. I pray that each day, as you are healing, you'll feel stronger and stronger. My prayers always include your family as well.
Blessings, and LOTS of healing hugs to you from me! ~Trina

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