Jul 23

this is my story


all my life i had an awareness of how my life would go.  in my 20’s i had this vision.  i would raise my kids in my twenties.  in my 30’s i would work my head off, so i could coast through my 40’s but after that it was blank.  when i hit 50, i didn’t know what to expect.  but was relieved to make it to 53.  then it happened.

i found myself going for a 3rd surgery for an umbilical cord hernia that plagued me since my 20’s. when  i woke up from the surgery i didn’t know who tracy (the love of my life) was.  i didn’t realize it then, but i was suffering a major stroke.  it was all a blur for the next 2 weeks.  The surgeon said i wasn’t going to make it through the night.  I had a 5% chance.

I know it was all of you, my art friends who got me through the night.  I still get teary thinking about it.

I woke up 3 days later, and i couldn’t move my right side, nor could i talk.  but i made it!  that began the long recovery i was in for the next 2 years (and still in).

I still can’t talk well, but i get by.  My dr.s said i wouldn’t walk.  By the time i left the hospital 3 weeks later i was walking (all be it slow) .  i still have right side weakness. that means that i can’t raise my right arm all that much and i am slowly gaining ground with my right hand.  i don’t have taste buds on my right side, and i walk with limp.  

previously (before stroke) i was right handed.  for last 2 years i am learning to use my left hand but i try as i might it isn’t cutting it.  i write with my right hand very very slowly now and use scissors with my right.  that has saved me.  

what also saved me was journaling.  i do it every day.  sometimes its good.  other times not so good.  but i keep at it.  i use collage most of all.  i adore collage, even before stroke.  washi tape and stickers are number 2.  i had to get over posting (@teeshamoore on instagram) because it was all bad in my book.  When my PT (physical therapy therapist – Charlie) told me i should keep at it, because there are so many more people out there with strokes, that struck a chord with me.  suddenly i wasn’t afraid that i wasn’t what i used to be.  

so that is my story for now.  i have a new chapter in my life.  and new grandson who is the light of my life (he is 15 months).  i take each day at a time now, rather than careening through life at the speed of sound.  

About the Author:
Me? I am mad about creating on the pages of my journal, I believe in following your passions, I spend time in the company of trees, I love my man, boast about our 2 grown daughters, and sing when no one is around. I drive fast cars too. Read More


74 Comments:

  1. DOROTHY Wood
    July 23, 2019
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    You are so inspirational, brave and strong. I am sitting here reading your story and realise I have so much to be grateful for instead of feeling overwhelmed and allowing life to push me around.

    I pray your recovery continues to be positive for you. Keep on journaling and please share your story when you can.

  2. Kym Condon
    July 23, 2019
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    Thank you so much for your update. You will always be inspirational to so many no matter what turns your life takes. Praying for you and your family! God bless and Keep Calm and Carry On!!!
    Love and light!

  3. Rebecca Carter
    July 23, 2019
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    You are an inspiration, Teesha. I remember Zettiology and Artfest and have always loved looking at what you have created and I continue to do so—thank you for sharing your journey with us.

  4. Jeanne A Mclaughlin
    July 23, 2019
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    bless you and your continuing recovery.

  5. Dianne Trautmann
    July 23, 2019
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    Teesha, you and Tracy have been beacons of light in my life for finding my way back to my artistic side, something that was injured and hiding since grade school. Just reading about your work was inspiring, let alone attending Artfests, Journalfest, and Art Romp. You and your family are amazing and strong people and I know you will move forward from this grey time in what is otherwise a super colorful joyous life. You’re a true warrior for good.

  6. Sharon
    July 23, 2019
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    Teesha I was in your class in west palm beach and loved it. You are one of the strongest woman I know. You have a long way in your travels. I was so glad to see your email and wis you much love and happiness in the future. Thank you for taking the time to let us all know how far you’ve come.
    Love and prayers for you always
    Sharon

  7. Tiffany Smart
    July 23, 2019
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    Thank you. I love your story. I love your strength, your journey, your art has me captivated all the time. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Gillian
    July 23, 2019
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    I love hearing anything from you, be it journaling, a walk around the garden… anything! I kept my artstronauts subscription going too. I still find enjoyment there and I hope you do too. xx

  9. kay pierce
    July 23, 2019
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    I’m sure I’m not the only one that has been worried about you… and so glad to hear your progress… you’ve always been an inspiration to me… before and after your stroke! I keep you in my prayers always

  10. Mel
    July 23, 2019
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    Thank you for your story. Both my dads had strokes, but they didn’t let that stop them. It’s a bump in the road in this life we live. I’m so glad you keep posting your art. I love it and it is inspirational. It makes me smile. Thank you for the smiles all these years. Never stop arting.

  11. Jane Ann Harper
    July 23, 2019
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    Dearest Teesha…. thank you so much for sharing your story….. It will help so many people who are struggling in so many different ways. I am affirming your healing and admiring your amazing courage. I have missed you!! Jane Ann Harper… Santa Cruz, CA

  12. Lesley Jacobs
    July 23, 2019
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    Teesha, I love you! You are the bright light in the creative sky for me. You are discovering a new light to shine with, in the challenges you are overcoming. You are a strong, gracious, and creative woman. You are finding new joys and I am so glad you share them with us.

  13. Annie fisher
    July 23, 2019
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    Tiesha – you are an amazing woman and I am so proud to know you. I know you will be able to accomplish everything you want! Keep on journaling and creating!! I love seeing all the things that you accomplish!

  14. Crystal korzep
    July 23, 2019
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    I am so greatful that you made it, are alive, pushing through, doing art, enjoying your grandbaby and husband. Praise God!

  15. Suanne
    July 23, 2019
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    Teesha you are such an inspiration and still a wonderful artist. I miss you!

  16. Heather
    July 23, 2019
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    You have always been such an inspiration to me, teesha, and I’m so happy that you are sharing this most personal, introspective journey with us. You are stronger than you know….never give up! Each journey contains a silver lining tho it may not be readily apparent at the time, wishing you many more blessings!

  17. cara letho
    July 23, 2019
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    It must have been and still would be very frustrating for you.
    I wish you every happiness and success and look forward to seeing future posts.

  18. Donna Hill
    July 23, 2019
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    Dear teesha, I love you to death. I have been a fan of yours forever. I have many of your stamps and love your art work and journals. You will always be one of my favorites. Even though I am old stamper and in Indiana I love you so much . I am so sorry to hear about your health. I wish I knew you personally but feel like I have.you are great to me. Hang in there and enjoy life as much as you can. You certainly have given so much to so many. Thank you love you girl. Donna

  19. Sue Fujii
    July 23, 2019
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    Hello, Teesha….You were the one who taught me how to make my first art journal. I go back to your instructions now and then to refresh my memory when I want to make a new one from that big sheet of paper. I love your collage style…no other like it! You’re one of a kind! I’ll be joining the Astronauts Club again now that I’m getting back to collage and journaling. I am so happy to see you sharing your recovery goals with us. Keep up the fantastic determination and work toward your continued recovery. We are all behind you 100%. We all love you bunches! 🤗❤️🙋 Fuj

  20. Sherry Goodloe
    July 23, 2019
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    I’m just glad you’re still in the fight.
    It’s tough, but you’re even TOUGHER!
    Thank you for sharing that chapter in your Book of Life.
    Keep creating. I’ve always loved everything you create, Teesha.

  21. Cherie
    July 23, 2019
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    Way to go, Teesha! Your story is inspiring to me and is making me realize my gratitude list should include all the things my body still CAN do, rather than focus on its problems. Sending prayers for your recovery and just happy Light for every day, no reason!

  22. Christine Kurman
    July 23, 2019
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    Teesha…i loved your work before i met you. Fran..our 92 year old TEESHA GROUPIE made me love your more…when i met you in person at the ESS retreat…i loved you and Tracy..albeit he spent MOST of his time trolling the local pubs LOL. We were devasted about your bad news…but rejoiced your comeback. We love you no matter what hand you use!

  23. Lynne Sward
    July 23, 2019
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    Dear Teesha,,,I just read your new post, and I am beyond ecstatic to hear your moving story. Health and mind adjustments for anyone or in any circumstance is so difficult
    and challenging,,,but with “the grace of God”,,,and all of the prayers for your recovery,,,you have really touched my heart and mind and continue to improve your situation. I believe that many
    of us have or will have difficulties to challenge us,,,but our attitude, faith and love are what propels us to master what we can bear, and we “just keep on and keep on
    being creative in unexpected ways. Sometimes I believe that people who are given obstacles are at an advantage because they take chances and don’t look back. And their appreciation level is sky high. You are my “hero”, and I am so delighted to read your new post,,,and hear all the positive news. You will continue to be in my prayers,,,
    Thanks for sharing,,,,and huge hugs,,,,

  24. MARILYN WERST
    July 23, 2019
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    Thank you! You always have been and always will be an inspiration to me and so many others. My gratitude to you and Tracy is deep. You both put so much love and creative energy into the universe. Much love to you both.

  25. Carol Ponsford
    July 23, 2019
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    You have always been an inspiring artist and this story shows what an inspiring person you are! I wish you the best with your recovery and hope that someday you will feel comfortable sharing your art with the world of fans you have aquired again as I am sure it is wonderfully you which is always creative and beautiful. Prayers to you, Tracy, and your entire family. Enjoy that grand baby!

  26. Tara Ross
    July 23, 2019
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    You are amazing. You beat all odds. Yes art saves lives as well as the village around us. My prayers are for you and your loved ones. Keep getting stronger.

  27. Diane Dambacher
    July 23, 2019
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    Thanks for your update, Teesha. I think of you often with fondness, both for the person you are and for all that you have done for the people around you. I’m telling you, Artfest changed my life. I wish you the best possible future, including a nice long one!

  28. Paula
    July 23, 2019
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    I have missed you. I was not able to take your class in Boyton Beach, FL and that is one of my regrets. Glad you are able to journal and create. My prayers include you.

  29. Joanie
    July 23, 2019
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    Dear Teesha, I was just thinking about you today because a friend mentioned a Michael de Meng book she had found and I said I had discovered him as a teacher at your Artfest many years ago. I never got to attend, but fell in love with you and your work all those years ago. Stroke is a daily struggle and takes courage and strength. Thank you for sharing your progress with us. Sending you love and light on your journey.

  30. Ilene Harris
    July 23, 2019
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    It makes my heart fill with joy and gratitude to read these words. You come into my mind so often. May you continue to heal…

  31. Lorraine
    July 23, 2019
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    Thank you for the honest update. Your posted journal pages are so YOU. I did not appreciate where you are in your recovery. Left handed!
    Amazing!

    We make “heroes” out of the wrong people these days…famous for being famous and all that. You are the hero of your own life first and a great hero to many of us followers.
    Especially this one in Ventura, California.

  32. Susan N Schultheis
    July 23, 2019
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    Teesha you are an inspiration to us all…. Your art, your personality and your bravery. Congrats Grandmom!

  33. MaryAnn Ready
    July 23, 2019
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    You have given so much to so many over the years. It’s our turn to give to you!!! I, for one, will be sending love, prayers and, joy day after day. And you continue giving by sharing what’s going on with you now. Telling your story! Journal and enjoy!!!

  34. Sarah Mooney
    July 23, 2019
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    Thank you for the update this is what I needed to hear. I have been going through a lot and I found this inspirational

  35. Sherrill Kahn
    July 23, 2019
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    DearTeesha, I have loved your art and your spirit from the moment I met you. I am so honored to know you. I am so appreciative that you included me in Artfest. Your story has really touched my heart. I am sending healing thoughts, hugs and love to you. Sherrill

  36. Patty Armbrust
    July 23, 2019
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    Thank you so much, Teesha, for the update. I have thought about you constantly over this difficult part of your life. I am happy to hear of your progress and your fantastic attitude. I took the class with you and Jane Davenport in Seattle. It was an extraordinary experience and followed you through the years, trying to make my art with your example. It was a magic time for me and I miss those artstranaught days. Thank you for so much pleasure. I hope with all my heart that your life is what you want it to be. Your family is definitely your mainstay and wish you all success and happiness. With love, Patty

  37. Patty Armbrust
    July 23, 2019
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    Thank you so much, Teesha, for the update. I have thought about you constantly over this difficult part of your life. I am happy to hear of your progress and your fantastic attitude. I took the class with you and Jane Davenport in Seattle. It was an extraordinary experience and I followed you through the years, trying to make my art with your example. It was a magic time for me and I miss those artstranaught days. Thank you for so much pleasure. I hope with all my heart that your life is what you want it to be. Your family is definitely your mainstay and wish you all success and happiness. With love, Patty

  38. Gay Cachuela
    July 23, 2019
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    Teesha, I admire your courage and grace. You’re an inspiration, not only to those who have suffered a setback, but to all who are muddling through daily life. Thanks for sharing your story with us….and don’t be so hard on yourself, your journal pages are a beautiful expression of who you are. Keep on striving and creating. Much love and healing to you.

  39. Lois vrnarchick
    July 23, 2019
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    I had a stroke in 2009. I think I am 95% of the person I was but I am forever and ever grateful it was not worse. Welcome back! It is a journey . One step at a time, one foot in front of the other. Many blessings for you and your much loved ones. Art saves. Art heals.

  40. Gill
    July 23, 2019
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    Great to see you posting Teesha. You are amazing!

  41. Lynn Fordred
    July 23, 2019
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    You have always been my inspiration in my art now your bravery and honesty is inspiring me even more. I know you will fight and overcome this setback. Don’t give up there are many of us out there in the world encouraging every small improvement and cheering you on!

  42. Janet kirk
    July 24, 2019
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    Sorry to hear that you had a stroke and I praise your courage and strength of character which keeps you battling on.

  43. Rebecca eckert
    July 24, 2019
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    I am so sorry that you have been dealing with this. You have been an inspiration as I have been a fan for a long time. I have attended Artfest and several seminars in Seattle. Keep going, you are loved.

  44. Katherine
    July 24, 2019
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    stay strong girl….. you can do this.

  45. Teesha,

    Thank you…
    For the joy you have brought to so many artistic souls,
    For the inspiration you exude in all your creative expressions,
    For the wisdom you share in handling what change ups life throws,
    For the courage you show in your sharing,
    For the tenacity that is all you…no matter what,
    And for being the reason, so many of us are now artists because you had the vision and provided a way to show us what was and still is possible.

    I hope the days ahead bring you strength to keep moving forward, a sense of profound accomplishment with every new skill you master, and a deep satisfaction in knowing you are still showing us new creative paths to explore.

    Know that you have a special gift that needs to be shared and is important enough that even slim chances couldn’t stop it from continuing.

    Big hugs, big hope and big love to you always. ❤

  46. susan clement
    July 24, 2019
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    What a lady, you have been through so much and have come out the other side, an i know your still in recovery but please dont stop art journalling even if you dont feel like sharing work with the public thats ok too , do it for yourself. Take care of you and each other and get better soon and ill be waiting for your next post

  47. Ceicket
    July 24, 2019
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    You are strong & beautiful. Thank you for sharing your story. You continue to inspire!!! XooooooC

  48. Megan Mays
    July 24, 2019
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    You are such an inspiration to me and to many others. How wonderful that the 2nd love of your life -art- has helped you to rebuild. Where you may not be the same as you were in the past, you are still here and still going strong. By the way, I’ve been seeing your posts on Instagram and they look pretty damn good to me. Keep up the good work of living your life.

  49. Lynn Medlen
    July 24, 2019
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    You were my introduction to art; thank you so much for starting me on a journey that has made me very happy. You are an inspiration in so many ways and you continue to challenge and guide us. Take care.

  50. Lynn Medlen
    July 24, 2019
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    You were my introduction to art; thank you so much for starting me on a journey that has made me very happy. You are an inspiration in so many ways. Take care.

  51. Jennifer Murphy (the one in Georgia)
    July 24, 2019
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    Charlie is right. We all still need your bright take on life. I know other stroke victims will especially be encouraged by you. You continue to encourage me through good and bad times. To me, you are the beginning of so many trends we are all enjoying now in art. I see your influence everywhere. As I have said many times before, you have been my companion at 4 am when I had sick family members, and I always get excited to see a new post from you. I know you don’t know me like I know you, but believe me, I have come to love you and Tracy these past 30 or so years!

  52. Jill Holmes
    July 24, 2019
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    Teesha, you are so loved!! I saw the note yesterday that you wrote for me in my journal at the Back-to-Back Retreat in south FL in March (?) 2017. It warmed my heart. I am still praying for you and Tracy and I am so moved that you would share your journey back with us as well as continue to work so hard toward more improvement–no matter how big or small. I cut up a pile of your collage sheets that I have had for years and never used over this past weekend. I am determined to start using them in my art journal and knew I’d have to cut them up in pieces for that to ever happen. I thought of you all weekend while cutting those sheets apart and how much you have been an inspiration for my art all these years–and continue to be even more so in your new journey. Thank you for all that you have given to all of us out here. I’m so happy that we were able to give something meaningful back during your time of greatest need. Love and hugs to you, Tracy, Rogue and Odin! <3

  53. Jennifer Cabezas
    July 24, 2019
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    You are a gift and an inspiration, no matter your abilities – you are always able to make my heart smile and I feel grateful in knowing you. Keep shining that light!! Always sending you those soulful, healing vibrations. Love to you and Tracy and the pups and family <3

  54. Carrie Giacolone
    July 24, 2019
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    Teesha,

    Thank you so much for the update, i’ve been wondering how you’ve been doing. I am glad you are continuing to heal and progress and doing all of the hard work that it takes to move forward. Keep journaling, girl! I love seeing your pages on Instagram and each time I do, it reminds me to send good thoughts out into the universe for you. A grandbaby just adds the sprinkles on top of the cupcake, huh? Our son is 25 and fully engaged in his career so I think it will be a while before we experience the joy of grandkids.

    I know from personal experience that art is a very healing component to include in your daily life. It was back around the time when I joined in The Mermaid Circus online class that I really began to realize how important it was for me to create every day. You have been a major contributor in setting that spark to flame. I used to get all my art supplies out, make a big mess, clean it all up and then put it away. My sweetie, Ted, said “Why don’t you just leave your supplies out on the table?” I am not quite sure he knew what this would bring. I soon took over the table set up in the living room, then half of the room and now Ted and I have a huge studio (it used to be the hay barn on our small farm here in Utah) and are running a small business together “making art that brings smiles to people’s faces.” Ted is a welder/fabricator and I have classically been a painter until I found mixed media. Now we are making painted metal art sculpture together. We made a super-cool metal journal cover that will be featured in the Oct/Nov/Dec issue of Art Journaling. We wouldn’t be at this point without inspiration from artists we admire, like you. Thank you “)

  55. Kat Gottfried
    July 24, 2019
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    Darling Teesha,
    It was so great to hear from you and learn more on your journey the last couple of years. I think of you so often. I’m thrilled to see the force that has always been in you is alive and well albeit in a new and exciting way. I’m confident the door you are currently stepping through is going to provide an even broader audience the opportunity to be inspired by you. I hope this next phase of your creative journey provides you as much happiness as you provide to us.
    xo
    Kat

  56. Kate Burroughs
    July 24, 2019
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    So glad that you survived your stroke and are able to regain some of your abilities through physical therapy. It sounds like a long road but learning to be fully present in the current moment is really a gift. May you continue to be blessed.

  57. Sabine Emma
    July 24, 2019
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    Brave and strong-willed Teesha! Many thanks for sharing.

  58. Kate Hughes
    July 24, 2019
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    Teesha, I think about you all the time. Life sometimes can be tricky. It can be a mystery. But you have always been a source of great joy to so many. Your use of colors in your journals has always made me smile. Your love of trees and your pictures of your favorite places. Pure magic. Keep up the good fight and know that we are with you during your journey!

  59. Marcy Rutledge
    July 24, 2019
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    I am thrilled to read this message from you, just to know how your journey is going. I have thought of you often over the last several years and always wondered how you were doing. I know you have a loving husband, Tracey, and an amazing family who love you deeply. You also have so many art friends that love you. Nobody can prepare for what you have gone thru but I always knew you were strong and determined. Thru you I started my art journey and looked forward to hearing your voice and watching you work magic. To this day I use so much of what you taught me. I hope you will continue to share your journey with us. Sending you much love and a big hug.

  60. Cindy Easter
    July 24, 2019
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    I am so happy to see your name in my inbox! I read your message through tears and empathy, as your story hits close to home. (More at the end of my message). From following you for many years, I know how important your art is, and to hear that you haven’t stopped is music to my eyes. May you grow stronger every day! May you continue to flourish and push on when what was easy before is now hard. You are now creating in some different ways … but you are still creating art. You are, and always will be, an artist that I admire. <3

    My mother experienced a life-altering stroke seven years ago. She tells me most days she doesn't feel like fighting, but when she wakes up she wants to be living, not vegetating. So she pushes her limitations as much as possible. She has little gains, but gains nonetheless. She envisioned her retirement full of endless days knitting, cross-stitch embroidery, and reading; and trust me, she is fully stocked to keep her busy for many, many years! 🙂 But the stroke gave her double-vision, constant dizziness, and weakness in her arms and hands. We helped her through a long period of depression, and then one day she just decided she would do her beloved activities any way she could. And for a few years now, we have watched her pick up her knitting needles and painstakingly work her way through small projects. She reads darn near a book a day! She's confronting her challenges and doing it any way, and admirably. The same way you describe. We all have limitations, some physical, some mental, some financial, etc. Ultimately, we have a choice in letting it defeat us, or adjusting and carrying on. LOVE to see you carrying on, Teesha!

  61. Karen OBrien
    July 24, 2019
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    I have always thought of you as a strong woman and your story is a testament of that. I am so happy for you and grateful for all that you did to make my life and art better. I have so many wonderful memories tied to you, Tracy and your family. Thanks for sharing your story, you are an inspiration!

  62. Faye
    July 24, 2019
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    Teesha
    you and Nancy from Sugar Lumps Studio are such an inspiration ,such a positive light .
    Both my parents suffered multiple strokes and especially with my dad it was soul destroying because he lost the ability to paint or draw.
    Reading your blog post reminds me of me ,from an early age I knew my life would be -all expect for my older years ….those years are approaching rapidly .
    And if like my parents there are strokes or cardio vascular disease ,which is something I can’t help wondering, I promise to face it head on .

    Thank you

  63. Ruth Reaves
    July 24, 2019
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    Thankful you are on the road to recovery, God Bless!

  64. Rebecca Ilgen
    July 24, 2019
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    Teesha ,my hero.

  65. Laurie Trindle
    July 24, 2019
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    You are an inspiration to all who have been following your story. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  66. Ximena Silva
    July 26, 2019
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    Muchas gracias por tu vida, eres una inspiración. Gracias por todo lo que eres, te envío todo mi amor, bendiciones y energía positiva. Gracias por enseñarnos tanto. ❤️❤️

  67. Debra Giles
    July 27, 2019
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    I was at your class in FL when afterwards we got the stunning news. Your strength through this is nothing short of amazing & I’ve been rooting for you all this time & stay updated through your husband’s posts. Hang in there! Having four grandsons has been my privilege & joy, so I know yours brings you comfort. You are loved.

  68. Lora Wheeler
    July 27, 2019
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    Dear Teesha,
    Thank you for your bravery and posting. I have loved your work for it seems like over 15 years looking through Somerset publications. You have brought such joy and inspiration. Keep fighting the good fight and hard work to gain your mobility back.
    An admirer, Lora

  69. Maritza
    July 28, 2019
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    Dear Teesha,

    Your story has left me reeling a bit. I can complain so easily sometimes if things don’t go my way. For a moment I was imagining how my live would be, if I was not able to do the things I love. I am creative, very much like you. So, I am thankful that you shared your story. I will pray for you, for acceptance, for peace, for continuous healing, and that you will find love in whatever you do next, with or without both hands.

  70. iHanna
    July 29, 2019
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    Thanks for sharing Teesha! And thanks for surviving. I look forward to more posts on instagram, because you are still the QUEEN of Art Journaling and you always will be mam!

    Take care of you!

  71. Lynne
    July 30, 2019
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    Teesha,
    So glad to hear your story again! Keep working on your strength and remember that you have a whole community of people behind you. You changed my life and I hope knowing how you continue to inspire us helps us on your current journey.

  72. Marylyn Barnett
    August 01, 2019
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    Thank you for sharing this challenging journey with all of us. I am very proud of you and your family. This is indeed a long but ultimately fulfilling journey to recovery. Please know you and your family are in my prayers.

  73. Carol Loumesu
    August 01, 2019
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    I wondered where you were. Boy, lady, you have guts! I am writing this to you while on my back. I had surgery yesterday on both legs. When the surgeon told me that he was going to wrap both legs , I asked him if he could wrap my arms too so that I could walk like a mummy. He did not crack a smile. If I get up the darn things start to slip and I have to rewrap myself. I feel like a Christmas present.
    I hope my comment made you smile. After what you have been through, you need to smiles. My heart and my prayers go out to you.
    I recently bought a typewriter. Would you be able write on one? I got it so that I can put text on different sizes of things. What about an old fashioned label maker? I am just throwing out ideas. Sometimes when we distract ourselves, things happen in spite of ourselves. Hugs to you and yours.

  74. Helen Rice
    August 10, 2019
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    Wow – life is full of curve-balls, but this one is a doozy and totally sucks!!! You have always been an inspiration to me (in the world of art workshops), but will be an inspiration to me whenever I feel I don’t have the courage, or the strength, or the sheer grit to move through obstacles placed in our paths – no matter how big or small. Thank you for sharing and for all the ways you touch people’s lives.


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