|One of Chelseas artsy homecoming pictures I took yeeeears ago.|
I spent yesterday hanging out with my girl Chelsea, today was her birthday. She is a great girl, full of sunshine and fun, and also one tough cookie. We went out to lunch and chatted laughed, and the radio played nothing but her favorite songs, how very cool.
One of the things that she did was to go get a Crohns Awareness tattoo. Some of you might remember an article I wrote for the Llewellyn Magical Almanac years ago about Magical Body art, this is the daughter I mention in that article. She has many beautiful tattoos now. She's also a model for many of my pieces of art, and the cover girl for my book The Voice of the Trees Companion, out this September.
|Voice of the Trees Companion|
So what is Crohns Disease you ask? Crohns Disease is a cronic inflammation of the intestines that can become quite serious, she was diagnosed 3 years ago (has it been three years?) and spent a week in the hospital, including her birthday. Not a nice birthday present. I remember the worry, the chair I slept in, the big can of baked beans her grandpa brought as a gag gift, the iPod from her grandma loaded with funny movies, Young Frankenstein and Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. I remember the rubber glove balloons and sherbet that the nurses brought her, and especially I remember her unwavering spirit that kept her and I laughing through much of a very tough time.
|Chelsea modeled for this card for Voice of the Trees, it's about facing down your fears, she went into the hospital when I was working on this one.|
|Chelsea and I at a festival years ago, she's a great assistant.|
Happy Birthday Chelsea, you are a shining light when all other lights have gone out!
Here is a link to the Crohns Awareness website, if you or anyone you love has it, share it with them, lots of good information. It's an important cause for me, not just Chelsea, but my mom has it too, and I have IBS, so bad guts, good hearts!