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!

Rebekah H said...

You bring so much beauty into this world with your blog and obviously (judging from the comments) you have touched a lot of lives in a positive way! So the universe can only reward you back. I wish you all the best and I hope you find a donor soon. Hang in there and know that you are surrounded by love, even if it’s just through cyberspace!

March 24, 2011 06:54 PM
Debbie said...

I’m just hearing about your health woes…….I’m glad to hear you a re finally home and sincerely hope that your Mom is a match for you.I’ll be keeping you in my thoughts.
Take care, xo!

March 24, 2011 09:08 PM
linda said...

just checking back to say hi & know that we are all cheering for your speedy & quick recovery dear bakerella!

March 24, 2011 09:10 PM
Lindsey said...

My brother is currently going through the process and should have his transplant in April. Luckily my brothers are twins and my other brother has 2 fully function healthy kidneys and can give one. I was tested as a donor and was a match as well, which is good to know since in all likelyhood he will need another transplant in about 20 years. I know how hard this process is during the wait and see stage, so my prayers are with you and your family!

March 24, 2011 09:41 PM
Anonymous said...

I worked as a dialysis social worker for 5 long years, and I wish you all the best in your journey. I am sure that you will bring lots of love and smiles to you unit and that your social worker will LOVE having someone like you (upbeat, good social supports, etc) on board. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

March 24, 2011 09:45 PM
wanda rudack said...

May God rest you in the palms of his hands on your journey to recovery

March 24, 2011 09:55 PM
Marian (Sweetopia) said...

Hi Angie,
Big (((hugs))) to you! Sending you lots and lots of positive vibes and prayers!!

March 24, 2011 10:19 PM
Joy said...

So glad that you are home!! May God sustain you through the dialysis and finding a kidney. Sending more prayers your way.
Much love to you.

P.S. Having a faculty lunch at school tomorrow. Taking cake pops, YUM!!!!

March 24, 2011 10:25 PM
Marie said...

I am so relieved to hear that you are able to go home now! I hope that you will be able to find a suitable donor soon. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.


March 24, 2011 11:44 PM
Kari C said...

So glad to hear you’re recovering. I am thinking healthy wishes for you! You might not be aware of it, but you’re a super role model. xoxo

March 25, 2011 12:08 AM
Sandra said...

I am so, so, so glad you are back home!!!! I plan on doing some baking this weekend, my thoughts will be with you during every part of it! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration and I pray you do well

March 25, 2011 01:21 AM
Melissa Lewis - Midwest Magnolia said...

Glad to hear you are home, hope you are feeling better. How amazing is it to know so many people from all over are praying for you:)
And how funny to not know your own book was printed in Dutch. I love it! BTW- I did a post today on Easter Fun Food and featured your adorable Easter Cake Pops, old and new. I hope you like it:) Happy Friday!

March 25, 2011 10:05 AM
Michele said...

Sooo glad to know that you’re feeling better!! Still praying for you,I’m sure everything will be alright. Take good care. xoxoxo

March 25, 2011 01:44 PM
Cecilia Demarque said...

first time commenter but that’s ok!! Big prayers from Brazil!!

March 25, 2011 03:38 PM
Jeske said...

Aww I feel so bad. I’ve been reading this just now. I hope for you to get a little better soon. I love your blog =D

March 25, 2011 05:09 PM
Danni said...

So glad you are home. Saying a prayer or two for you, take care of yourself. Best Wishes and so many thanks for introducing me to the wonderful world of cake pops!

March 26, 2011 12:35 PM
adrienne said...

been thinking about you/praying for you a ton, and I am so glad to hear that you’re home. you are such a rockstar and provide so much inspiration for so many people- in spite of and because of your personal struggles. here’s countless more cakepops- here and all over the world! you go girl!

March 26, 2011 03:48 PM
Stephanie-Oh said...

I read your blog everyday but have never posted. I just wanted you to know you are in my prayers. Be strong and keep on fighting the fight. Steph

March 26, 2011 10:09 PM
Tammie said...

I sincerely pray that you have a speedy recovery. I was only curious about cake pops until I met your blog and you have inspired me so! I wish you well and all the blessings the Lord can grant.


March 26, 2011 10:38 PM
Sweet Charity said...

I am just catching up on my blog reading. I am so sorry you have been going through such a hard time but I am thankful you are feeling better. You are such an inspiration and I hope that this kidney issue with be resolved quickly. Best Wishes!!!!

March 27, 2011 01:15 PM
Dori said...

So happy to hear you read my comment! It’s so nice to know that bloggers can be so down to earth and have such a kind and caring heart like you do. I can’t remember if I’ve commented before the comment on your last post but I’ve been reading your blog for about a year and a half and anytime I need a “omg that is sooooo freaking cute” moment, I come to your site. I love your blog, your cute pictures, your creativity, your cute personality, that you’re so down to earth, and that I feel like I could walk up to you in the street one day if I were ever to see you and just run up for a hug and a chat and you’d welcome me with open arms. You’re the sweetest thing ever and I’m keeping you in my thoughts and prayers and blowing you hugs and kisses! Thanks so much for bringing light into my day and a smile to my face when I visit your blog. Wishing you all the best.. and that it comes soon! *fingers crossed* XOXOX Dori

March 29, 2011 02:02 AM
melany said...

I’m new here but I love your work and I wish you the best!
You are a good person and God will bless you…He’ll keep you strong.

March 29, 2011 08:09 AM
Deb Matherne said...

Keeping you in my thoughts & prayers.

March 29, 2011 04:30 PM
Patty said...

sending you all the prayers from FL

March 29, 2011 08:25 PM
Cindy B said...

Just catching up with the blog today. So sad to hear the news. You bring so much happiness to the lives of your readers (and those they bake for). Take care of yourself. Your health comes first.

March 30, 2011 04:30 PM
Rehana said...

Glad your back home wishing u a speedy recovery road, u have alot of friends who are wishing you well. You have helped us all with your fantastic blog… Me included thanks again and always in my prayers xx

March 30, 2011 05:51 PM
Danielle said...

I am sooooo glad that you are back and I hope you get better really soon! I am an organ doner so thats a good thing. Take care and hope to hear something from you soon!

March 30, 2011 09:05 PM
Gina said...

Happy to hear the first round of testing on your mom has gone well. Continued prayers for smooth sailing. You’re an inspiration! Blessings to you!

March 30, 2011 11:28 PM
carolina said...

praying for you is an understatement! i’m so happy you are back home :)

p.s. i saw your book at urban outfitters while on vacation in florida. i grabb it and hold it up in the air with my two hands and tell my boyfriend about you, and how you are one on my inspirations. thanks for sharing all your pretty recipes and photographs — you are infinite talented and that’s awesome!

March 31, 2011 11:16 PM
jana cohen said...

Hi!I’m a follower of your blog for some time now, and I love your creativity. we just had the holiday of purim (jewish holiday) and I was so inspired that I made clown pops to give out to friends, everyone was so impressed and sure added a smile to their faces. I wish you all the best and a super duper fast recovery!!!!

April 3, 2011 09:51 PM
J said...

I took a break from blog reading for about a month for my sanity and I came back to find out that you are stuck in this holding pattern. You are in my thoughts and prayers and I am so happy that you are home now.
Please keep us updated as you are able, we all care so much for you! *Hugs*

April 4, 2011 12:01 AM
Camilla said...

Very glad to hear that you are home. Good luck with the next part of your journey – I know you can make it! Happy St Patrick’s Day to you too, if a little late!

Big hugs and millions of get well wishies ^-^

April 4, 2011 04:20 PM
Melissa W. said...

I just wanted to write and tell you to hang in there. I had my second kidney transplant almost three years ago. My mom donated the first time and my boyfriend donated the second kidney. It is really frightening to lose a kidney, but I know you will recover and get another transplant. Much love to you and please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time if you have questions about transplant related issues (I had high antibodies and had to have months of treatment before the 2nd transplant) or for any other reason. I hope all goes well!

April 5, 2011 02:59 PM
Jenn said...

Praying for you… Blessings sweet Bakerella!! =)

April 5, 2011 09:07 PM
Jenn said...

ps I think of you every time I see a cake pop in Starbucks!! did you know Starbucks now feature cake pops??!! =)

April 5, 2011 09:08 PM
Brenda said...

I hope you are on the road to recovery!

April 8, 2011 12:48 PM
Jan at Wassi's Meat Market said...

you are in my prayers & wishes

April 10, 2011 07:25 PM
lisa said...

Thinking of you and hoping you’re okay!

April 11, 2011 03:03 AM
Sonja said...

Hi there Bakerella, welcome home, we here in Singapore are praying for you, hope tha God will grant you a miracle this Easter !! In the mean time, drink a lot’s of water and have a lot’s of rest, I sincerely hope we will see your cheerful post again, Hang on there :-) !!! Love

April 11, 2011 06:40 AM
NewPopsy said...

Hi there! I’m just going through the post and saw this one and it brought me to tears. I’m new to the Pop World and have been inspired to get back on track with my creativity because of your book. I was in BJ’s Wholesale about a month ago and was just praying to God that morning to help me get my passion back of creating and baking, low and behold I stubled on your book because my husband wanted me to look at something for our son. When I turned and looked down at the book table, there it was, looking at me your book. I’m so inspired and in awe of your creativity and those of others here on your site that have shared. I’m so glad that my prayers have been answered and I wish you many blessings and strength as you get well.

God Bles you!!


April 11, 2011 12:15 PM
Terri said...

Hope all is well for you.

April 12, 2011 09:03 PM
Karin Pod said...

I haven’t been on your site for awhile but thought I’d check and see what’s new for Easter, instead I read about what you’ve been going through. I am sorry you’ve got to go through this but I wish you and your Mom both the very best. Your positive attitude will serve you well! My 13 year old daughter gave me your book for Christmas and we will be making you Chickie pops for our Easter gathering. God’s blessings on you and your family!

April 12, 2011 10:53 PM
Kim in MD said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your Mom.

April 13, 2011 09:31 AM
Jackie Moye said...

Praying for you and your family always :) stay strong
Ms. North Carolina

April 13, 2011 11:55 AM
redraven said...

Hello, O MY CUPCAKES!!!!!

I live in Flagstaff, Az., at 7,000 ft. When we get a new craze it has already been out for over two years.
I found you around a yr. ago, and have shared all of the wonderful, delightful adventures in awesome baked goods.
I was at Starbuck’s yesterday, and guess what is in their pastry case? Yes, your cake pops, and was it a wonder to see. They also have whoopie pies, which my friends and family devour every time I make them.

I am making whoopie pies for my daughter’s bake sale. Thanks, and all of our prayers, love, blessings, and healing we are constantly sending your way.
thanks, kerbe, redraven

April 13, 2011 01:13 PM
Sivagami said...

So happy that you are back home. Looking forward to many more posts from you.

Take care.

April 15, 2011 10:19 AM
realjoy said...

Very late to this post and you (hopefully) probably know about this, but if you haven’t already, look into applying for End Stage Renal Disease Medicare through Social Security. You may be eligible if you are on dialysis and awaiting a transplant.

Best wishes for a speedy and healthy recovery

April 20, 2011 09:26 PM
Rebecca O. Abercromby said...

I love your cake pops. I have never tasted one and tonight I made some for the first time following your instructions. Are they supposed to taste like cookie dough, raw. Did I do something wrong, maybe too much frosting, I only used 3/4 of the can of frosting to one box of cake mix.

April 21, 2011 12:43 AM
Kathy Young said...

What a trial by fire you’re experiencing! I was amazed by the time it took to process eligibility as a donor. I was tested frequently for various things from February to August the year I donated (09). It has to be agonizing for both you and your Mom. I would hope knowing the “tech support” from all your fans is uplifting.
In a side note, my daughter has discovered your cake pops and is having a ball creating some different ones. My next ‘gift’ to her will be your book.
Again, my prayers and thoughts are with you in this revisited journey you are on.

April 25, 2011 11:35 AM
Allison said...

Thinking of you with love and prayers, you brave, beautiful, talented woman! I am very familiar with kidneys and all that can go wrong. My best friend donated her kidney to one of her best friends in 2010. I was diagnosed last year with chronic kidney disease (currently at 42% function). Your strength and grace radiate, and I am hoping your journey is as smooth and easy as these things can be. You’re amazing. OXO

May 5, 2011 10:00 AM
Amber Mainquist said...

I have been on a little blog break, and am just catching up! I am so sorry to hear the news, but I am definitely praying for you!

May 10, 2011 09:21 PM
ife said...

u r truly an amazing woman, even with all ur going thru your still giving. God bless u. i’ll be praying for u

September 14, 2011 01:10 PM
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