When one door closes, another one opens.

A proud graduate of Duke’s Family Nurse Practitioner program,  I owned and ran my own practice in Yanceyville, NC.  I was so honored to care for over 2,000 patients in the area.  In such a small community, they became friends as well. After a 12 year long career as a FNP, I found myself unable to continue to practice due to failure of my gastrointestinal tract.  I developed severe nausea and vomiting and weight loss in 2010,  in the aftermath of 4 surgeries related to endometriosis. My entire life changed when I could not longer eat.  Now that I look back, I don’t know how I worked so long after my gut failed.   I had a feeding tube placed surgically ( j-tube), but it was fraught with pain and complications. I tried 2 other tubes, all with pain problems, and went through numerous pain and tube procedures.  Finally, I gave up on enteral nutrition via tubes. Now I am thriving well on TPN, which is IV nutrition. I have a central line in my chest that goes to the heart which comes with some risk of infection, but I am a bit stronger now.  I will likely always have to deal with the chronic illness and pain, but I have learned to dance in the rain. 

In May 2014, I stopped work and began to fill the void in my life with art that I would like to humbly share with you here. 

© Kathy Patterson 2015