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Pulmonary Embolism

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 23, 2015, 12:58 PM


Sorry I won't be posting as many updates.  I am on bedrest, due to pulmonary embolism (several blood clots in the lung, at least one large one).  I think something like 10-15% die immediately with it and there is still some risks from clots breaking loose and going to the brain.  So I'm mobile, but I'm not able to do very much for a while.  The clots break up on there own (most of the time) in a matter of weeks/months, but a blood thinner is used to help with breathing.  

Just wanted to post a short journal and let you all know I'm thinking of you.  When life is unpredictable, I do what I was taught in ballet as a child.  When you start spinning around, you focus on one point while you spin. You keep focusing at that point and keep moving and you hope to end up on your feet.

Love and hugs.
Von



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Lavonia
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
I grew up in rural Mississippi in poverty. I have always been one part dreamer, one part do-er. So I spent my childhood chasing the sun through the trees and drawing unicorns and bugs and birds with colored jewels in their foreheads. I managed to work through a Bachelor's degree in art but by my graduation my health was failing. (My training was in Printmaking, lithography and linocut primarily.) I took a detour from grad school and managed with teaching and making art in the field until I finally got the news.

I went 10 years before a neurologist discovered a large mass in my spine. It is inoperable, but life threatening if it continues to grow. I went through radiation to chance stopping the growth; the damage to my spine and body from radiation has been difficult. Afterwards, I've lost most of my ability to walk and constantly deal with severe chronic nerve pain.

In many ways I'm tremendously reclusive. I don't think I made a conscious decision to start making art that was extremely personal but it somehow became my means of communication and conversation. Making a beautiful piece is part of my perfectionist personality, making a piece that says something personal is my way of connecting. I do that through a formula of one part reality, one part fantasy.
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Pulmonary Embolism

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 23, 2015, 12:58 PM


Sorry I won't be posting as many updates.  I am on bedrest, due to pulmonary embolism (several blood clots in the lung, at least one large one).  I think something like 10-15% die immediately with it and there is still some risks from clots breaking loose and going to the brain.  So I'm mobile, but I'm not able to do very much for a while.  The clots break up on there own (most of the time) in a matter of weeks/months, but a blood thinner is used to help with breathing.  

Just wanted to post a short journal and let you all know I'm thinking of you.  When life is unpredictable, I do what I was taught in ballet as a child.  When you start spinning around, you focus on one point while you spin. You keep focusing at that point and keep moving and you hope to end up on your feet.

Love and hugs.
Von



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  • Mood: Affection
  • Playing: FFX
  • Eating: Oranges
  • Drinking: Green Tea
Painting Trio In Progress by lavonia
Painting Trio In Progress
WIP.  Sorry friends due to bedrest, no closeup photos.  But you can see the canvases in progress.
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:iconaileenluib:
AileenLuib Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015   Photographer
Hiiii Lavonia! I just wanted to drop by and thank you for faving my photo!! :hug:

By the way, you have a gorgeous gallery! I'll be starting my weekly feature journal soon so please be sure to look out for your deviations!!! :)
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ordilloart Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your work is awesome!  Reminds me of Audrey Kawasaki...you kind of have a similar style to  hers. Great stuff! :) (Smile) 
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:iconlavonia:
lavonia Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.  :hug:
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LEVIATAN-666 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
Lovely work,bonito trabajo.Hug 
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:iconlavonia:
lavonia Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Muchas gracias, mi amigo.  :hug:
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:iconleviatan-666:
LEVIATAN-666 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Sherlock Holmes Hug 
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:iconjustcallmemike:
justcallmemike Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014   Traditional Artist
Absolutely amazing workks ... :D
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:iconlavonia:
lavonia Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :hug:
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:iconimaginata:
Imaginata Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Your work is really lovely :)
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:iconlavonia:
lavonia Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for stopping by to say such kind words.  :hug:
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Imaginata Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
No problem :)
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ImRandall Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Student Photographer

Thank you so much for the fav.. If you can coment I aprecciate even more. Anyway, thank you again :dummy: 

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Lore-Studio Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Just so you know, your art is beautiful. :)
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:iconlavonia:
lavonia Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :huggle:
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BrianMPhotography Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks for the FAVE!
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