January 5, 2010

Message and Prayer Request . On Wednesday, January 6th, a good friend, Pat Fischer, will undergo open heart surgery for a valve replacement at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St Louis Mo. Please keep her in prayer and ask that her physicians see her through an uneventful surgery and good recovery. I know Pat is giving this her best ,and hope we can do the same for her, with our prayers.

Pat and Joe Fischer Nov 7, 2009

"I am Living My Dream ~Wouldn't it be great if we could all be satisfied and content with whatever God has allowed us to have in our lives? I hope to show people that you can live until the day you die, and to enjoy each and everyday !! I refuse to live any other way.." Pat Fischer

Pat Fischer began painting at an early age, encouraged by an extremely creative and self-sufficient mother. There was no money for art lessons, but Pat's mother secured materials for her. She convinced Pat that God provided her with a gift to express her self through art..

Pat’s work reflects her pride and love for her country. Her style brings a visually peaceful retreat to gentler, kinder times and promotes a pleasing image to those who own her prints. Pat has been concentrating on Americana work since the early 1990’s and acknowledges Rufus Porter as her inspiration for portraying saltbox houses, churches and willow trees. Porter’s influence began while Pat was living in New Hampshire and doing an independent study of his art. She, like Porter is self-taught and has had her heart touched by the beauty and peace of New England country scenes.

Her folk art brings back the special feeling one only gets when they reminisce of the past, knowing that it represents a true means to our Youth.

Pat recognizes her loving and supportive family for encouraging her to step out in faith and share her talents with others. A staunch promoter of her small Midwest community and her art, along with that and other artist, prompted Pat and her family to manage a local business called Antiques and Art. Other artist in the community and a country she loves, would be bolstered by her experience and success , to pursue and share their individual talents. She has always shared her love for art with others, including Jan young of Mo., previously featured at the Carriage House. Pat states "I have known Jan from our early days of doing retail shows together, we hit it off as fellow artisans right from the get-go." When you see their work, you will understand the close bound they share in art and as friends.
Pat’s work includes her American prints, wallpaper borders, kitchen accessories and an assortment of crafts. Husband, Joe, and Pat love to travel around this wonderful country to meet other artist, and buyers of her own beloved art. However, illness coming to her in recent years has limited their travels. At the end of this article you will find many resources as to where you can find her art work for sale.

It is Pat's wish to share with our readers about PH and the diagnosis made a few years ago that has so greatly affected her life.
Pat recently told me " They only discovered PH as a DX several years ago, and as a matter of fact, most Doctors and nurses that graduated before 1980 wouldn't have even been taught about it. I went to Mayo Clinic two years for treatment, as there is no cure, then just this last June, I joined in with a research group at Wash U. in St.Louis...I will be in a program for CHF and PH patients to help those in the future. I would love to make people aware of this illness somehow"
It is our wish, that many will read this and send it to others to read and learn about make a difference , because so many people are misdiagnosed and die believing they had COPD, and other lung diseses...this can be a secondary diease as well.

What is PH?

Pulmonary hypertension is a rare blood vessel disorder of the lung in which the pressure in the pulmonary artery (the blood vessel that leads from the heart to the lungs) rises above normal levels and may become life threatening.
Symptoms of pulmonary hypertension include shortness of breath with minimal exertion, fatigue, chest pain, dizzy spells and fainting. When pulmonary hypertension occurs in the absence of a known cause, it is referred to as idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH). This term should not be construed to mean that because it has a single name it is a single disease. There are likely many unknown causes of IPAH. IPAH is extremely rare, occurring in about two persons per million population per year.

Pulmonary Hypertension Association has a vast library of resources and information. be sure to visit this could save yours ,or a loved ones, life.
Pat is attended a a special fund raising dinner in St.Louis on Saturday Nov 7th . She has donated an original painting for the silent auction, and several packs of Holiday cards to it as well. November is the month that every PH chapter trys to bring awareness to the public about this medical condition. Members will be going with our significant others, and family . pat said " I am keeping my fingers crossed that my painting will bring in a good amount of money for this worthy cause, but not too many people know that I am an artist in our chapter in St.Louis, nor do they know about the cards and various other things I have donated." I am sure whether Pat known as an artist or not...her painting will enrich all those that see and purchase them. What a heart felt contribution to make for a worthy cause! Her physician Dr.Chakinala ,who is available in the St.Louis area, is highly respected as a leader in his field of the treatment of PH. He and another remarkable individual, Carl Hicks, who lost a daughter to PH were the speakers. Anyone wishing more information about PH can go to this website and gain information plus make a contribution if you wish.

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