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Jamie Sells

Jamie Sells on Dec 20, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Wow! These really sound great! Prompt shipment and well packed. Thanks!

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When people with hearts of gold need help, it's time to let your own heart shine.

This store is an online benefit to raise money to offset the costs of our dear friend CM Laster's upcoming brain surgery. He and his wife Grace Kelly Laster are both visionary artists, living, working and raising their 10 year old daughter Ruby from their home in Crofton, Ky. These are self-reliant people, generous people who are in physical and financial crisis, and as members of their art family, we would like to help to ease as much of that burden as possible.

All of the proceeds of your purchase go directly to the Lasters to help offset lost income, travel and medical expenses, and bills associated with CM's surgery.

For more information about the Lasters, check out their Indie Go Go Campaign at: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-the-lasters-relief-fund-2014?fb_action_ids=10152819790837767&fb_action_types=indiegogo%3Acontribute

You can also show the Lasters some love by buying from their Etsy sites at

https://www.etsy.com/shop/LastersArtShackStore?ref=related-shop-1&ga_search_query=cmlaster&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_type=all

and

https://www.etsy.com/shop/HillBillyPOP?ref=related-shop-2&ga_search_query=cmlaster&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_type=all


A little bit more, in Grace Kelly Laster's own words:
For the past decade or so my husband has had uncontrollable leg jerking at night. Two years ago, it worsened and included other neurological symptoms:  weakness, numbness and pain all over. He saw doctor after doctor who put him on loads more medications. They gave him an MRI, spinal tap and blood work and decided it could be Multiple Sclerosis, but then couldn't find that. His movement disorder was moving to other limbs and getting worse. Then he got giant boils on his feet and fever and was in horrible pain. He was diagnosed with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. It was not only a current infection but a long term one as well. After a long course of antibiotics, the jerking stopped almost to nothing. She said he might have lingering inflammation from it for the rest of his life. He was lucky to be alive, carrying the disease for so long and being hit a second time.

Then, that same month, I fell apart and had to have hernia surgery. Unfortunately it did not go well, and I bad complications that damaged my bladder. Now, as a result I am suffering with Interstitial Cystitis (no bladder lining, auto-immune disease, chronic pain, difficult to put in remission) which took ten months to diagnose. I have still have had no treatment. My insurance won’t pay for the expensive auto-immune medications and they don't offer the other kinds of treatment here......But in the midst of my sickness, over the winter, he threw out his lower back and ended up having two MRI’s that showed two bulging lumbar disks and a fracture in his mid back that is calcified over. Steroids and physical therapy haven't worked.

In the late spring, he had terrible headaches and temperature disregulation, numbness and weakness. His neurologist continued to add and increase medication until his recent check up. At that point, she finally got concerned and sent him for a neck MRI which found cervical compression and a bulging disk pressing on his brainstem. That may be the cause ...or the result of his seizures.

We are currently waiting for an opening with a neurosurgeon and a place at the Movement Disorder Clinic in Louisville. The jerking hurts his back and his neck and is constant.  His blood pressure has been at stroke level and they have him on heart medication, and he is laying low.

We’re not sure if the Rocky Mountain spotted fever caused it to begin with, or just made inflammation and injury worse, but at any rate, it’s complicated. They have to somehow find the cause of the seizures and get the disk pressure off of his brainstem.  That part of the brain is responsible for autonomic movement, temperature control, breathing and heart rate....soooo scary.

We have had deep personal tragedy and a wonderful grand adventure in equal measure so we consider ourselves lucky and grateful. WE ARE NOT GIVING UP. We are still going to try and keep creating whatever way we can. Ruby is a trooper and has been through so much and we want things to be better for her. And.....we still have so many things we want to do, art to make, books and films to complete, and even big plans to co-create an art community. But first we need to get some medical treatment. We may not ever be able to keep the pace we did before and don't want to .We just need the time to return to better health, and raise our precious daughter and pay it forward. With so much gratitude and love......GKL

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