Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Where Is Nancy Donaldson?

Hello, my name is Carmi and I am one of Nancy’s really good friends (she has many)! I wanted to send you a small note today to tell you a little bit about what has happened to Nancy this year.

As an avid blogger, I am sure you were accustomed to seeing beautiful images posted on a regular basis here on her blog.  On January 16th Nancy blogged:

i've been hibernating this winter,
 mostly due to a "popped rib"   
its been a problem since late november and i've done everything possible to make it better
some days better than others”

Like most stories, who knew where that comment would lead us.

A few days later Nancy was rushed to the hospital where x-rays revealed a massive tumor wrapped around her spine.  Surgery was performed quickly.  Nancy had almost no time to process the news and reach out to family.

Being diagnosed with Cancer is the last thing any of her friends expected to hear.  Hearing about it at the same time as discovering that Nancy now has two rods and nine screws holding her spine together was an even bigger shock.

Nancy is battling Cancer and simultaneously relearning to walk.  Currently she is using a wheelchair.

For the first seven weeks Nancy was in one of Toronto’s best hospitals for cancer treatment; St. Michael’s.  She is now a patient at Lyndhurst Rehab Centre, a hospital dedicated to helping people regain their mobility.  Lyndhurst is working with St. Michael’s in order to ensure she receive ongoing chemotherapy.

She is committed to her recovery and has a wonderful group of friends and family assisting her.

A group has planned a fundraiser in April for her.  We believe that you shouldn’t have to go into debt because you are ill.  This fundraiser is an opportunity for many of her friends to help in so many different ways.  We will be auctioning and selling some of Nancy’s artwork and there are over 50 pieces of her finished jewelry that will be sold as well.  If you can come to the event, I know you will want to buy something.  Her work is stunning.

If you are one of Nancy’s long distance friends there is something you can do as well.  Please keep her in your thoughts.  You can leave messages here on this blog post and you can mail a card to her at the hospital.  

Lyndhurst Centre Spinal Cord Rehab, Patient Nancy Donaldson  Address: 520 Sutherland Drive, Toronto, Ontario M4G 3V9

We do not want a single day or even an hour to pass without Nancy feeling like we are all behind her.

The invitation to her fundraiser is below.  Please come.

March 27, 2013

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