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In September 2008, I began having some neck pain. In November of the same year, I developed one of those colds that hangs on for weeks - you know the kind, with the cough you can't shake? Every time I coughed, I would experience these pounding headaches in the back of my head that made it feel as though my head would literally explode. I saw my family doctor, who ordered an MRI.

I soon began experiencing a number of other neurological symptoms, including double vision, balance difficulty, tingling and numbness in my hands, and a loss of feeling in my feet, among others. By the time I received a diagnosis in January 2009, I was neurologically deteriorating - and quickly.

I was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation, a rare neurological disorder in which the back of the skull is too small and part of the brain herniates into the neck. In April 2009, at…

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  • Female
  • Born on September 1
  • Joined February 8, 2012

Favorite materials

Paper, twine, glass, doilies, lace, ribbon, ceramic, wood, yarn, mod podge, fabric

About

In September 2008, I began having some neck pain. In November of the same year, I developed one of those colds that hangs on for weeks - you know the kind, with the cough you can't shake? Every time I coughed, I would experience these pounding headaches in the back of my head that made it feel as though my head would literally explode. I saw my family doctor, who ordered an MRI.

I soon began experiencing a number of other neurological symptoms, including double vision, balance difficulty, tingling and numbness in my hands, and a loss of feeling in my feet, among others. By the time I received a diagnosis in January 2009, I was neurologically deteriorating - and quickly.

I was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation, a rare neurological disorder in which the back of the skull is too small and part of the brain herniates into the neck. In April 2009, at the age of 25, I underwent brain and spinal surgery in an attempt to halt the progression of symptoms. Several surgical complications and a recurrence of symptoms have forced me to stop working at a job I loved.

In February 2012, I discovered the joy of creating beautiful things for others. I will be forever thankful for crafting and for Etsy, as they have allowed me a creative outlet to help channel some of the pain and other obstacles I face on a daily basis. The process of crafting is cathartic for me and I experience a lot of joy when others receive my items and love them as much as I do.

I am currently a 29-year-old college student, double majoring in Business and Human Services. I have plans to open a non-profit organization for those with chronic or terminal illness. Selling my creations on Etsy is a wonderful way for me to share my passion with others and help supplement my income. Because it is work I really enjoy, I hope to be able to continue once my non-profit organization is up and running.

Because crafting is my full-time job, I take a great amount of pride in my work. In previous jobs, I was praised for my thoroughness and attention to detail, qualities that have followed me into this new endeavor. I strive to make quality a top priority in every item I create so that you'll be proud to display my items in your home or give them as gifts.

I purchase many of my raw materials from Habitat for Humanity's ReStore and thrift stores benefiting various charities. You can feel good knowing that your purchase from Weathered Porch Creations helps support those in need!

Thank you for visiting my shop and for reading my story. I hope you find something you like. Most of my items are customizable and can be made to your specifications. If you have any questions or comments about any of the items I have available for sale, I am always happy to receive feedback.

To return to my shop, click here:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/WeatheredPorch

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