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This blog was designed for my Stampin' Up! business and I post very little personal information on it.  However, I have been unable to stamp for many weeks and thus have been unable to show you new projects using our wonderful new products.  Many of you have emailed to ask if everything is OK and I thought it was time to fill you all in.

For the past four months, I have been dealing with severe chronic shoulder pain, continued loss of mobility due to the pain and increased stiffness in my shoulders to the point where I cannot even fix my hair.  Both of my shoulders are affected but my right shoulder (my stamping arm) is much worse than my left.  Getting dressed, taking a shower and regular daily cleaning/vacuuming have become very challenging.

I have seen three doctors, a chiropractor/accupressurist and a physical therapist and have finally been diagnosed with Adhesive Capsulitis or Frozen Shoulder.  Unfortunately, 70% of the people affected with this condition are women between the ages of 40-60 and I fit right in there.

The recovery process is long and extremely painful.  The pain is exacerbated at night due to the pressure on the shoulders and thus, I have been unable to sleep at night for more than a few hours which is taking its toll on me.  Unfortunately for me, mild prescription pain killers do nothing for the pain and I cannot physically function on stronger ones. 

My poor kiddos are wondering if I will ever be back to normal as my patience is nearly non existent.  Thankfully my darling daughter (age 10) has been fixing my hair for me and told me that she will do it for as long as I need her to. :-) 

I am committed to working through this and am hopeful that over time, I will get my mobility back and leave all the pain behind.  I will stamp when I am able, create blog posts and send out my newsletters as often as I can.

Thank you for concern and support, it means a great deal to me that complete strangers are concerned about me. :-)

I will continue with my few scheduled classes and hope to continue getting better so I can get back to my daily blog posting as I love stamping and not being able to stamp has been a real bummer for me.

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