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I made it through the latest cancer scare but there is a another problem I am dealing with that is getting increasingly worse. I was infected with MRSA a couple of years ago when I unknowingly came in contact with it at my home when a health care provider exposed me to the so called super bug. There is no cure and usually when it enters the blood stream it is only a matter of time before it is fatal. The fact that I now have an infection that won't go away makes me think I am closer than ever to my next big fight.

If it is in fact my last big fight know this. Your love and kindness is something I cherish so much. I have had so much joy reading responses and comments about my artwork over these past few years and I have spent many sleepless nights working on the next picture to share with you.

When I was in the 7th grade my art teacher said "Darrell, someday you will be a famous artist!" There have been many times when I have felt I let her down. If some of you remember me for a while maybe her statement all those years ago were right after all. I will certainly remember you.
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Aghorishaivite Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Writer
You're a famous artist to me :)
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darcat1530 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
I thank you for that my friend. Very, very much.
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Aghorishaivite Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Writer
You're a famous artist to me :)
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ryanthelad Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
hang in there i know you will get through this and im sorry and sad about what i just read.
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darcat1530 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Thank you Ryan. Ever since my battle with cancer and the surgery to remove it my immune system has been very weak so anything hits me hard and with this being the worse form of the strain I have a tough time dealing with it. I am feeling better though!
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ryanthelad Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
that is very good to know im glad your better
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darcat1530 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
My heartfelt thanks!
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ryanthelad Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
my very welcome darrell
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RJ8 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So sorry to read this. I've lost family and friends to cancer and illness over the years. I remember hearing about the superbug, then there was the H1N1 swine flu, which I think I caught when it first came out I got nervous because of all the news reports I heard but was glad that what I had was the milder strain.

There are studies being done on the superbug in an effort to find a cure.
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darcat1530 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
I sleep most of the time because I have no energy. It feels like the flu. Without the runny nose and cough. Thanks for your kind note!
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RJ8 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yikes, well rest is one of the best things. Oh, and you're welcome. :)
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darcat1530 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Thanks RJ!
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RJ8 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:) you're welcome.

Oh, I recently updated my journal.

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darcat1530 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Love it!
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RJ8 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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SaraFriendship Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It appalls me to hear that you have MRSA. I will definitely pray for you. I've heard that there actually are treatments for MRSA infections out there, but they're beyond traditional antibiotics since the bacteria that cause the disease are resistant to most common antibiotic medicines. I think you and your family should do as much research as possible on potential effective treatments for MRSA, because you don't deserve to simply suffer without first researching for potential treatment options. Most of all, like I've said before, you should never lose hope, and if you ever need words of support, you can count on me. :+favlove:
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darcat1530 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
I know of one person who is on an IV that has to be changed every 12 hours. It seems to me that the treatment options kind of depend on where you live and here in Northern Michigan it doesn't seem very structured. I have read a lot about MRSA and I will do what I can. Thanks Sara. I do appreciate you.
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SaraFriendship Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I appreciate you, too. I sincerely hope some sort of effective treatment will show up within your reach. :heart:
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darcat1530 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Me too Sara!
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strawmancomics Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
I'm with you on this one. Don't give up Darrell!
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Juliangirl Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Now I DONT WANT U TO GO!
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darcat1530 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
I will be here as long as I possibly can sweet girl.
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Juliangirl Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
really?
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darcat1530 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
I don't want to leave.
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Juliangirl Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
please dont...
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darcat1530 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Alright sweetie!
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Ellie-The-Short123 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
We love you and will pray for you.
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darcat1530 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Thanks Ellie!
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Ellie-The-Short123 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Anytime! Can't stand to see you down.
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darcat1530 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Thanks so much.
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MsMissy87 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
very sorry
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darcat1530 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Thanks! Very much.
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