I have alcohol running through my veins!!!!

Literally...well, ok not really. But I do get alcohol injections about once a month (and not the "fun" kind!)

I have a facial Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) and am receiving ethyl alcohol embolizations with Dr. Wayne Yakes in Denver.

So while the alcohol isn't actually running through my veins (that would be really bad) it is being injected into them to destroy the AVM vessels and eventually provide a cure!

Check out my website to read my story about life with a facial AVM, meet my doctors, and stay up to date on my treatments through my "Denver Trip" reports!


Thursday, September 11, 2008

So many new friends!!!

It has been so exciting for me to make contact with others dealing with an AVM. You all know about Stephanie and Andrea, my first AVM sisters. Then there is Cyndi whom I was able to meet in person on my last trip to Denver, and Keith who has now promised to let me be a star in his movie! (Yes Keith, I've just promoted myself to the star...it's all about me!) And most recently I have introduced you all to Camellia, the most beautiful little girl!

But I'm lucky to be in touch with other AVM-er's as well. From Alaska, to NY, Hawaii, and even Cypress! It is so great to make these connections and to share our experiences. Each of us has such a unique experience, yet we still can relate to each other.

A few nights ago I spent an hour and a half talking with a woman who has an extensive facial AVM! She has had lots of surgeries, embolizations, and complications I have never dreamed of!!! Time flew by as we shared stories and talked about our families. By the end of the conversation we had even promised to become each other's "reality" check when it comes to avoiding stress! (She's even more of a control freak than I am! )

I've also found such a wonderful supportive community at the AVM Survivors Network. I don't know that I have ever seen such a great group of people who are so welcoming, friendly, and interested in helping each other. It is a great place to be!

When I decided to post my story online, I was hopeful that I would find other people like me. I'm so thrilled with the response that I have recieved, and for the new friends I have made!

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