Thursday, March 17, 2011

Hello again

I can’t believe I’m writing another post without a single picture in it, but I wanted to take a moment to tell you how completely overwhelmed I’ve been reading all your prayers and beautiful words of encouragement. It’s taken me a few days but I have read them all … all 4,400+ of them. Wow!!! I’ve smiled and cried and felt so lucky to have this blog that connects us all. Thank you.

While reading, I was moved by so many of you that share similar stories. And even more overwhelmed by offers to be tested to see if you could be a kidney donor for me. That is so amazing. I don’t even know how to process it yet. Asking that of anyone is something that does not come naturally to me. It’s very difficult to even accept that gift from my mom if she turns out to be able to donate. And hopefully she will. But your offers are so special and kind and generous of heart that I had to make sure you all knew that I did read them and whether or not I could ask that of anyone, I wanted you all to know how honored I am.

There were an overwhelming number of comments from people that know someone with kidney failure or on dialysis or with a transplant or even their second or third transplant. Too, too many. My love goes out to all of you and your family and friends as well. It’s a tough thing.

March is National Kidney Month and I believe April is National Donate Life Month. With everything going on with me lately, I find it hard not to mention that. Please take a minute to think about organ donation. So many people are on waiting lists and will be for a long time.

Okay, the good news is I came home from the hospital Tuesday night after 18 days. Finally. Yay! I’ll be on a different journey for a while, but one that I’ve been on before. Dialysis. I won’t go into all the details, but basically I will get four-hour treatments, three days a week. Kind of a bummer. But hopefully it won’t be for too long.

I also wanted to let you know that I still plan on posting as I go through everything. I want to keep things as close to normal as possible. It may not be on a schedule, but it will be when I can. And of course … cute.

P.S. – I want to say hi to all the first time commenters. Hi there! Big hugs. I’m so happy to hear from all of you.

And now I’m off to read 18 days of emails that I wasn’t able to check while I was in the hospital. Help.

P.S.S. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Steph said...

More hugs!! I hope this will give you a little smile–some rainbow cake pops I made for St. Patrick’s Day :)
link to

March 17, 2011 01:03 PM
chrissi said...

sending you lots of love and many prayers! thanks for being so candid with your readers, and i hope your posts can encourage people to be organ donors! you’re an encouragement for us all :) XO

March 17, 2011 01:07 PM
KElli said...

SO good to hear you have come home! Our family is praying for you consistently!


March 17, 2011 01:08 PM
TamaraL said...

Thank God you are home!! I have been so worried for you, thank you for checking in with us! You are a truly special person and you don’t deserve to go through what you are going through…yet you face it all with such grace! What an inspiration!! Big hugs to you…welcome home!!

March 17, 2011 01:10 PM
Laura K said...

I am so glad you are out of the hospital and feeling a bit better. My grandfather was on dialysis for the last 8 years of his life. He wasn’t eligible for a transplant so we knew his time with us was limited but we made the most of the time we had left with him. He was a stubborn strong man and lived for a lot longer than they thought he would. He always had to show off! I am praying for a donor for you and that you won’t have to be on dialysis long. Thank you for all your adorable ideas!

March 17, 2011 01:10 PM
Amanda said...

Welcome home! I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Just remember that God doesn’t EVER give us a situation HE doesn’t think we can handle. God knows you are strong and that you will make it through this difficult time. You have so many readers and followers that are supporting you. We love following you and our hearts break to read what you are going through.

March 17, 2011 01:10 PM
Kris said...

Glad to hear you are out of the hospital! I hope everything goes smoothly for you.

March 17, 2011 01:11 PM
Danielli said...

So happy to hear you’re home. I’m a huge fan of your blog and can’t wait for you to get better! Your posts bring sweet happiness to so many people! Hugs!!

March 17, 2011 01:12 PM
jen said...

so glad you got to come home! that’s gotta feel good.
keeping you in my prayers!~jen

March 17, 2011 01:14 PM
Elaine Allen said...

Hi Angie –

I am so happy to hear that you are well enough to come home. I know it won’t be easy with the dialysis treatments, but I am praying it won’t be for very long. You be good to yourself and take care. Sending prayers your way.

Elaine Allen

March 17, 2011 01:14 PM
Randi said...

Oh wow… I just emailed you and THEN came to check out the blog. I had no idea how sick you had been :-( I am glad you are feeling a bit better and I pray for your quick and complete recovery ?

March 17, 2011 01:16 PM
Chandy said...

I hope your recovery is swift and smooth!

I had the wonderful priviledge of donating a kidney about a year and a half ago. I was on a paired donation chain with my dad, so he received an anonymous kidney, and mine went to a 21-year old college kid. (Whoever he is, I hope he’s doing well!) To anyone who has ever thought about donating…DO IT! It is really not a big deal. I had to take one week off of work, but I was back to the gym 3 weeks later. I’ve had no comlications or restrictions on my lifestyle at all.

I think any healthy adult should seriously consider donating!

March 17, 2011 01:18 PM
Kate said...

Praying for you talented lady. God is in control and already has it covered (:

March 17, 2011 01:19 PM
Paula H said...

many blesses to you and yours. warm thoughts, good vibes, heartfelt prayers, too.

March 17, 2011 01:20 PM
HoneyBunny said...

All my positive thoughts are with you, really. Life puts us through difficult situations, but you’ve passed them once, and will do it again. I was fired 2 days ago, and cannot stop thinking how much I suffered in a place I did not feel I belonged and which only caused me pain. So see, hope to have a new life in a few months… just like you… just a teeny tiny bit different, of course.
Again, get better, and all my loving!
Mercedes from Spain

March 17, 2011 01:22 PM
Julie said...

So good to hear from you today! I was just thinking of you again this morning. A coworker got some stuffed(?) Minions from “Despicable Me” for her grandson for the occasion of the birth of his little brother tomorrow. As soon as I saw them, I thought “Bakerella could make some killer cake pops of Minions!”

Hoping you’re feeling up to dabbling in the kitchen again soon and that the dialysis will be short-lived.

March 17, 2011 01:22 PM
Catarina Silva said...

Hi Angie, when I first read your twitter that you went to the hospital, I was in shock. Although I never met you I feel like you been my friend for many years. Its funny how how we become so close to someone that we don’t know.

I’m so glad that you are finally home. I’m sure you missed your space, your comfort. But Thanks to the Lord you are finally home. I pray that God may give you more strength to fight this battle.

God Bless You.

Stay positive. We are all here for you.


Docerela a.k.a Catarina Silva

March 17, 2011 01:24 PM
Marci Z said...

I’m so happy that you are home! That is wonderful news…you are in my prayers. Thinking of you, and sending hugs!

<3 Marci

March 17, 2011 01:26 PM
Stacey S. said...

We are continuing to pray for your mother’s possible match and continued healing.

March 17, 2011 01:27 PM
Laura Sligh said...

Glad to hear you are home from the hospital. Stay strong- you will get through this. I hope that happy news takes you off dialysis soon. Still thinking of you,


March 17, 2011 01:28 PM
Sara said...

Yay for sleeping in your own bed! Hospital beds are the worst! Praying for you still as you go through this!

March 17, 2011 01:28 PM
Elizabeth Ann said...

I am an organ donor and feel so strongly about it. . . thank you for reminding me about April being National Donate Life Month. . . I will need to post something about this special month. Know that so many of us are praying for you!

March 17, 2011 01:29 PM
Sandi said...

So happy to hear that you have made it home from the hospital. I check your blog everyday to see if there is any new news and how you are. Hope that your dialysis is not for long and that you are feeling better soon. Good luck with the test results on your mom matcing and keep us all updated. Saying prayers for you.

March 17, 2011 01:29 PM
Heather @ Heather's Dish) said...

I’m just so glad you were able to go home…I can’t imagine how much more comfortable you’ll be!

Hang in there beautiful and know you’re loved!

March 17, 2011 01:29 PM
megacrafty said...

Happy you’re out of the hospital. Still sending good thoughts and energy your way.

March 17, 2011 01:30 PM
Breanne said...

So glad to hear you’re home from the hospital and praying for you and your future new kidney!

March 17, 2011 01:30 PM
Lacey C. said...

I never got a chance to go back and comment on your last post, and am just now catching up on your blog, but I read about your hospital stay and all that is going on and said a prayer for you. Hope you are feeling better soon!

March 17, 2011 01:33 PM
Karen said...

So so glad that you are home. Just being at home will make you feel so much better. You and your family are on my prayer list and I am praying that your mom will be the perfect match. Keep your head up high and God will see you through this!
Missed “seeing”you on here!

March 17, 2011 01:34 PM
Punken said...

SO glad to hear you are well enough to be home. I will continue to send good thoughts your way!!

March 17, 2011 01:35 PM
Brigid said...

Sending positive thoughts your way.

March 17, 2011 01:37 PM
Emily said...

So glad to hear you’re home! Just wanted to let you know that your blog has always brightened up my day. :) Feel better!

March 17, 2011 01:38 PM
Medina said...

Welcome home Angie! Sending lots of love to your and your family <3 Thank you for keeping us posted on your journey.

March 17, 2011 01:38 PM
lauren said...

I don’t know what to say that hasn’t already been said, I just want to make sure to post a comment of support and appreciation for all the work, time, and creativity you’ve shared with us. Truly amazing.

March 17, 2011 01:39 PM
Chandra said...

Sending good thoughts and positive energy your way.

March 17, 2011 01:40 PM
Ara said...

Really happy that you are back home and getting better! All the positive thoughts and good vibe going your way for a complete and full recovery as soon as possible. All the best and take care all the way from France :o)

March 17, 2011 01:40 PM
Clarelle said...

That’s good! :) Hopefully things get even better.

I’ve asked before, will you take money donations? I can’t imagine the hospital bills! I would really like to help.

March 17, 2011 01:41 PM
Ivonne Loving said...

I am so glad you are back home. My heart goes out to you and please know that you are included in my prayer list.
This is the first time I am leaving you a message, even though I have followed your blog forever. I just wanted you to know that prayers are with you and that everything will be ok. Keep us posted, best of luck!

March 17, 2011 01:42 PM
Tammy said...

Dear Lord, I have been away from the computer for a few days feeling the pain of what Japan is going through. I will be lifting you up in prayer as well. We have given to the Kinden Foundation for many years, its one we hold dear to our hearts. The lord has bless you with many wonderful people here offering their most vital parts and oh what a blessing that is. I do pray your mother will be a good candidate for you. Please know you and your family are in my prayers and if you need an ear or someone to talk to and pray with, I AM HERE for you…

May God walk with you during this time and lift your spirits and give you his awesome grace. After much prayer I have felt his power personally and that grace he offers is real. The bible says “where two or more are gathered, there he is”. LOOKS like you have many that are gathered praying for you. We are pushing the gates of heaven open with our prayers in Jesus name.
A big southern Godly hug,

March 17, 2011 01:42 PM
jackie said...

we just love this site so much there are ppl willing to give you a kidney to keep you going.

the hubby and i agree we want to donate everything we can. prayers sent for everyone who can to donate!

March 17, 2011 01:47 PM
Tammy said...

Oops, I could not correct my spelling so I have to post a correction on the spelling of The Kidney Foundation and not Kinden.

March 17, 2011 01:48 PM
Kathie said...

So glad to hear you are home! Everyone is more comfortable at home :-) Good luck with your continuing battle for health!

March 17, 2011 01:50 PM
Dimi said...

Oh my dear… I just got to your blog and that’s the first post I saw. This is so awful!! I hope you get back to your normal life safe and healthy as soon as possible. I’m wishing for the best of luck and my warmest thoughts are with you…

March 17, 2011 01:57 PM
jessielou said...

So glad you feel better and heading home. I am sending you good thoughts and I hope everything works out soon!
Love xoxo

March 17, 2011 01:58 PM
Jo said...

I’m so glad that you are home and that you are in great spirits!
Praying for you, take care!

P.S. I just got your book in the mail yesterday, can’t wait to try the projects

March 17, 2011 01:58 PM
Nobody said...

I’m so happy you feel better!! Your website is the only thing that KEEPS me happy. You’ve inspired a twelve year old to the point that she’s almost as good as you!! Okay, that’s not so true, but anyway!! I’m so glad you’re better, really!!

March 17, 2011 02:02 PM
Kahla said...

A tidbit to make you smile, hopefully: We checked your Cake Pops cookbook out of the library and it has quickly become my two-year-old daughter’s favorite read-aloud! :) She loves turning the pages and naming all of the animals she sees. Yesterday she and Daddy had a hard time because she had her heart set on reading about the Cake Pops and he didn’t know where the book was! I know you didn’t intend it for two-year-olds, but thought you might smile to know that you have a two-year-old fan out there!

March 17, 2011 02:03 PM
Becky said...

Big hugs Doll!

March 17, 2011 02:04 PM
Karen said...

Angie, I’m so glad you’re home. The hospital sucks! Hope being in your own home again makes the dialysis process easier to deal with for the future. I still check your blog every day just to see if there are any updates, as I’m sure many of your followers (who all feel like friends!) do. Please don’t feel pressure to blog when you’re not up to it, but those of us who are out here thinking positive thoughts for you daily are always happy to see something from you and to know you’re OK. And of course, hopefully checking your blog gives you a little boost just seeing how much we all love you and all you do to make all of our lives a little cheerier…and cuter!

March 17, 2011 02:04 PM
Tammy said...

I am so happy you are home.
Can I just tell you I think your mom is the greatest!
My daughter Isabella and I met the both of you on your booktour
(Short Hills, NJ)
I can tell she is so proud of you, and I just know she will be a match!
Lots of (((hugs)))
Ps. Isabella drew you another picture, I will just hold on to it for your “Cake Pops Book 2” book tour

March 17, 2011 02:05 PM
Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

Welcome back! So happy that you are home from the hospital even if you still need to get treated so often.

March 17, 2011 02:05 PM
Jo said...

Angie – we are all keeping up with you through Danny and your website. Lots and lots of prayers and good wishes coming your way. Hope to see you soon!


March 17, 2011 02:15 PM
Kitten with a Whisk said...

Hooray for being home again! There really is no place like it.

March 17, 2011 02:16 PM
Laura said...

You are still in my thoughts and prayers . . . . So glad that you are home from the hospital!

March 17, 2011 02:16 PM
ambar said...

So glad you are home, I hope everything works out for the better. Big hugs and speedy recovery

March 17, 2011 02:19 PM
Winter said...


I’m so glad you’re back from the hospital. I’m a pharmacist and I know what dialysis is going to entail…so good luck with that. Once again, our prayers and thoughts are with you.

March 17, 2011 02:23 PM
Seanna Lea said...

I’m glad that you are out of the hospital. Hopefully you will continue to mend and you will get a transplant without too much trouble. I’ve got my fingers crossed!

March 17, 2011 02:27 PM
Southern Gal said...

So glad to hear you’re home. Still praying for a donor. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us!

March 17, 2011 02:27 PM
Shayna said...

Four hour treatments seems like a good excuse to try your hand at baking bread! Healing vibes coming your way from Nebraska!

March 17, 2011 02:32 PM
Jenny Johnson said...

Just so glad to see you post again! You definitely are helping me keep things in perspective. Continuing to pray for you!

March 17, 2011 02:33 PM
Nellie said...

So glad to hear you are home. Keeping the prayers and well wishes coming your way.

You are never without the love and encouragement of the hearts you’ve touched and blessed with this blog.

Here for you in whatever capacity you need me to be, doesn’t matter that I don’t know you.


March 17, 2011 02:36 PM
CakeStory said...

So glad to hear from you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. *HUGS*

March 17, 2011 02:37 PM
Elizabeth said...

Great to hear you are home again! Hoping all goes well in the next few weeks. Hang in there! Hoping for a swift recovery. xxoo

March 17, 2011 02:38 PM
Beckey said...

Hugs from Maine! I hope you get feeling better soon and that they will find a match. Your post made me tear up because my dad has a kidney that is not doing well…prayers and hope sent your way!

March 17, 2011 02:39 PM
nilly said...

wow, i read just now. i will pray for your health. feel good.

March 17, 2011 02:39 PM
Denae said...

I am glad you are home from hospital. You will continue to be in my thoughts.

March 17, 2011 02:41 PM
CC in NJ said...

Wishing you Wellness! I’ve found your site from going onto The Pioneer Woman’s site. I love what you do! You seem like a truly sweet, sincere woman who only deserves to be well!
Keep your faith and all will be well! XO

March 17, 2011 02:42 PM
Regular Reader said...

:-) Good to see you back !!!

March 17, 2011 02:42 PM
RosieP said...

It’s so good to hear from you! I’ve been checking your blog everyday to see if you’ve been able to post something new, an update about how you are doing. I’m so happy to hear that you’re home again, such great news that is! My continued good wishes and prayers that a donor will found quickly and that you will be back on track to good health again, soon. Thank you so much for taking your time to let us know how you are as I’m sure there are a million things for you to catch up on. God Bless You!

March 17, 2011 02:45 PM
Saucy said...

Glad you’re home Angie! I hope that things are resolved for you soon. It’s too bad we couldn’t all get together and fashion you some sort of kidney out of cake crumbs and cream cheese but I guess it doesn’t work that way… {hugs}

March 17, 2011 02:49 PM
Lillian said...

I’m glad you’re home- I still have you in my thoughts and prayers. Please stay strong.

March 17, 2011 02:50 PM
Nicolle said...

So happy to hear you are home and thanks so much for the update!! Hoping dialysis is temporary and that you are soon back to your everyday activities. Wishing you and your loved ones a happy St. Patricks day and looking forward to your posts as always. Take care!!!

March 17, 2011 02:51 PM
mitzi @ my nikon eats food said...

so glad you finally got to go home! you are amazing and so strong. thinking of you!

March 17, 2011 02:52 PM
Sarah said...

Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers every day!

March 17, 2011 02:55 PM
Samantha said...

So glad to hear you are at home! It is rough being in the hospital, especially for that long! Just wanted you to know that you are in my prayers.
I so enjoy your blog- your posts always brighten my day! You are so very talented! Here’s hoping for a quick recovery!

March 17, 2011 02:56 PM
Jenny @ Bakography said...

When I told my husband last night that the person who writes my favorite baking blog and who wrote my cake pop book needs a new kidney, he was so sad! We are thinking about you and hope you recover quickly… not just because we want more baking eye candy, but because we honestly hope you feel better! We will continue to send positive thoughts your way and hope for a very quick recovery!

March 17, 2011 02:59 PM
Christy said...

Hang in there sweetpea. I know dialysis is absolutely draining but we are all sending up continued prayers for you. Be well and remember to find reasons to smile.

March 17, 2011 03:03 PM
deb said...

I’m so glad you’re out of the hospital. I know dialysis is no fun but it is a lifesaver. Bring good books and good music and hopefully, it won’t be for too long. Sharing your experience will no doubt benefit someone else who is walking your path. Others will donate as a result. Thank you for that and for the gift that you are to all of us.

March 17, 2011 03:08 PM
Lee Ann said...

Woo Hoo! Glad you’re out of the hospital!

March 17, 2011 03:10 PM
Sue said...

There’s no place like home:) God bless you on this journey. Hugs and prayers for you(and your mom too)! XOXO. Looking forward to more cute food!

March 17, 2011 03:11 PM
Ally said...

So glad to hear you are coming home. You seem like a genuinely wonderful, sweet person! Sending good vibes your way to get well soon… :)

March 17, 2011 03:12 PM
Emily said...

So happy to hear you are home. May this St. Patty’s Day bring you lots of happy thoughts and loads of luck with maybe even a pot of gold! Keeping your spirits high is one of the greatest things we can do. You are in my thoughts and prayers! =)

March 17, 2011 03:12 PM
Kristy Hart said...

So happy you are home!! I have been praying like crazy for you and will keep it up!!

Many blessings~

Kristy from Va

March 17, 2011 03:13 PM
Karen said...

So glad to hear you are doing better and able to go home.

I’ll continue to keep you in my thoughts.

March 17, 2011 03:13 PM
aly said...

So happy you are out of the hospital. While I know you still have a long road to recovery, being in your own home makes such a huge difference. Hopefully your own comfortable surroundings will help move the healing process along and help your spirits as well!

March 17, 2011 03:16 PM
stacy said...

I have been checking the site and hoping for good news. So glad to hear you are able to come home. Keep us updated and keep updating while taking it easy. You are in my thoughts.

March 17, 2011 03:18 PM
Vanessa said...

So glad you are finally at home, hope you keep healing, Praying for your complete recovery. I’m pretty sure that everything will be as normal in your live. xoxo

March 17, 2011 03:19 PM
Angela Willis said...

Happy Saint Patty’s Day to you too, Angie! So glad you are able to be home! I thought when I was reading this post… how funny! Now she will have to read all the replies to this post!!! : )
I am also amazed at the generosity of the people on your blog… isn’t that incredible! God is good.

I have only had kidney stones, but I know its no fun to mess with the kidney, no matter what is wrong with it… so, I will continue to pray for your perfect donor match (hopefully your Mom) and your continuing health. Cause you have lots more creativity to share with us, which inspires me every time I see it! And I will do all I can to keep my kidneys healthy!

Lots of love to you,

March 17, 2011 03:22 PM
Anya B. said...

I’m so glad to hear you are home; continued prayers that a match is soon found.

March 17, 2011 03:22 PM
Stacy W. said...

I just read this post and your 12 days post. I am so sorry to hear that your kidney is not holding up. 18 years is a long stretch and I’m sure the donor is proud to know that he or she helped you live well for another 18 years so don’t be too hard on yourself that you are in need of another one. I am glad to hear that you are out of the hospital and I hope your wait for a new kidney will be sooner than later. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17, 2011 03:30 PM
LAURA said...

I´m so glad to hear from you again, I´m sure you´ll get better in no time because there are tons of people praying for you, including my family =)

March 17, 2011 03:31 PM
Sarah said...

So glad you are home from the hospital. That’s a good sign at least. Lots of prayers to you! I absolutely love you and this site! :) I hope you start feeling better soon. I can’t wait to see all the adorable and cute stuff you will create! Lots of Love.

March 17, 2011 03:33 PM
Kim said...

I’m praying for you during all of this. We all love you! I ate a cake pop at Starbucks the other day and thought of you. Take care.

March 17, 2011 03:37 PM
Christy said...

I’m a dialysis nurse any my heart goes out to you. Stay strong and good luck to you! You are in my thoughts.

March 17, 2011 03:38 PM
Latina Brumfield said...

So glad you are home! I will continue to pray for your whole situation to go as smoothly (and quickly) as possible!

March 17, 2011 03:39 PM
Sherrie D. said...

Have followed your blog for about a year. Bought 6 of your books for Christmas gifts. Would have loved to come to a book signing, but not one in my city. Check in almost daily. God Bless you and praying for a donor. You have given so much joy to others, now we can lift you up in prayer.

March 17, 2011 03:40 PM
tj said...

…So happy to hear you’re home! Home Sweet Home!

…It’s great to hear from you and I hope all is as well as it can be, I know with all this positive energy nothing but good can come of it.

…We’re all here for you Miss B. and we love ya!

…Big (((hugs))) & blessings too… :o)

March 17, 2011 03:41 PM
Carla said...

Bakerella, you have been such an inspiration to me. I found your blog when a friend pointed me there, and I have been obsessed since then. You have taught me so much already, and I just love making your cakeballs :) I am a new baker, and you have made me realize how much I love it so thank you for that. I am so sorry to hear about all this, but so happy to hear that you get to go home and lead a somewhat normal life. My prayers are with you, and wish you a speedy and comfortable recovery.

Thank you for being an inspiration :) God Bless <3

March 17, 2011 03:44 PM
Anonymous said...

Holding you close to my heart on this next part of your journey. ((((?))))

March 17, 2011 03:58 PM
Anonymous said...

Glad that you’re feeling better :)
Happy St. Patricks day to you too

March 17, 2011 04:09 PM
Felice said...

I am so glad to hear that you are home. I know your journey won’t be easy but I can tell that you are a strong person and can handle what comes your way. I think that it is amazing that you are going to post through all of this and wish you only the very best.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day and may the luck be with you now and always.

March 17, 2011 04:17 PM
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