Rachel Jefferies : Mixed Media Challenge : January 2023 : New Beginnings

Rachel Jefferies : Mixed Media Challenge : January 2023 : New Beginnings
RJMJ, Jan 22, 2023
***Personal Story Below ***

It has been sooo..long since I have posted any layouts here at the Lilypad...For many various reasons...I have been struggling with health issues...these last few months have been the toughest...I was hospitalized back in Oct.22 for serious kidney issues & neuropathy in my legs & feet...Thankfully my kidney issues are for now doing well...but I'm still struggling with the neuropathy right now...I am wearing 'tubie" compression layers on my legs & feet every day because of the constant pain & swelling...Walking with a cane...& then in late Nov.22...I had a life-threatening accident...I went head-first into the cement wall in our apt. building's stairwell...I still can't believe this happened to me...I broke my neck & my left arm[the one I write & mouse with]...I spent almost 3 weeks in the hospital...I am wearing a neck collar & sling on my left arm...I just got my sling removed last Friday...I now am going through the painful recovery that comes along with these things...I can finally write again & start to slowly type again...Eventhough it is very difficult & painful if I type too long...But things are slowly going in the right direction...I just have to take it very easy...I haven't been able to create layouts since early November without the ability to type or even sit at the computer...I can't even walk the stairs without being in so much pain & swelling...I have extra mural nurses & physiotherapy nurses visiting me & helping me with my legs & feet neuropathy & my physiotherapy...But it has been my amazing! husband who has been helping me with literally everything!...Without him,I wouldn't have gotten this far...But saying that,we are both exhausted & stressed out too...It has been so much to bear...I think we both need a vacation from our own lives...It takes a toll on your loved ones too...He essentially became my caregiver...He's the best!!!...But he has suffered much too!!!...I still have a ways to go for sure...I have good days & bad ones...I still can't walk the 3 flights of stairs down from our apt. building...Baby steps...I'm still intimidated by those steps I fell on...but I will muster all of my strength & push forward & do my best to carry on...

Creating a layout for this challenge was a major milestone for me in my recovery...It took me a few days to complete with my restrictions...But I'm happy with how it turned out...It sends a positive message about recovery & strength & trying to move forward despite what happened to me...It could have been so much worse...I almost died that day...I could have broken every bone or have been paralyzed...I'm still in much pain...but it is better than it was...My pain prescriptions are closely monitored & updated & changed as needed...I am grateful for all the nurses,EMT people & doctors who have helped me on my recovery but most grateful! & thankful! to my amazing! husband Ray...Thank You! for the challenge Rachel & Aly!...I have always been a big fan of you both! & a great supporter of Rachel's challenges & wonderful! designs...It's nice to finally be creating again slowly!...Creating artistic layouts are a big part of my heart & soul...xx Rhonda...

*For my NEW BEGINNINGS layout : I used : All Rachel Jefferies Products :

I'm Somewhere Inbetween : Journaling Prompts
Trust In This : the Complete Mixed Media Collection
All The little Joys : Money Saving Bundle
And So Here I Stand : Mixed Media Kit
Messy Marks : Date Stamps 2022 PLUS BONUS

Font : Hellowin Regular [January 2023]
Photo : Ruslan Zaplatin : Unsplash
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    • carrie1977
      Oh my goodness! I'm so sorry that you have had so many hard months. I am so relieved, though, that you are still here! I hope you continue recovering and healing from your injuries. Take it easy and care for yourself. Big hugs to you! :glomp

      I must say, this layout is simply beautiful! Even with your limitations, you created something simply gorgeous! Art is definitely therapy! I hope to see more from you! :heartlub:beat
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    • fruitysuet
      Oh wow what a lot of trauma you've had to deal with, I'm sorry. It's good to see you creating though, I can't imagine how much energy this page took. It is such a fabulous collage of goodness.
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    • ajm
      So sorry you had to go through these tough times and that it took you a few days to create this page, but it is so nice to see a new gorgeous page from you! Love all those sentiments! Thank you for your sweet words, I'm a fan of your work also and I'm honored you chose this challenge to create a first layout again. Thank you so much for participating!:beat
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    • Rachel Jefferies
      Oh sweet Rhonda, I thought I had not seen you in a little while. This breaks my heart to read, for all the pain you have and continue to endure and that terrible accident. And what an honour it is for you to use my product and challenge to leap back into your creative self. We are so happy to see you back at the Pad, please take care!
      Love your collage and exquisite colour scheme!
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    • angbrey
      Wow....what a story to share. My heart goes out to you first in empathy for all you have had and continue to endure, and secondly I see you as an inspiration to keep striving in hope for your future. Sharing your story helps those listening to keep hope and faith, find gratitude every single day, and focus on healing, recovery and overcoming. God Bless you ♥
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    • Lillyia
      Welcome back, Rhonda! I have missed you. You have been through so much, and yet here you are -upbeat and in a positive state of mind. I'm glad that your recovery is coming along and I'm really glad to see you back. I do wish you continued and complete recovery. Blessings to your dedicated and loving hubby.
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    • umyesh
      Oh my goodness! I came to check your gallery because I saw your most recent page and I knew you’d been missing for awhile. You are a warrior! I hope your recovery continues to go well. I am cheering you and your husband on!
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