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06/28/2006 10:18:04 AM · #1
My six months here has really got me through some very tough days. You all mean the world to me, and thank each and everyone of you, who has helped me along the way.

My family is my life, and they have given me the wonderful gift of my camera, and now my macro lens. You have no idea just what that means to me. My daily life is now becoming much harder, and I rely on my husband Peter, so much more these days, just to get from morning to night.

Before my macro lens, I noticed that my site is deterating quite a lot, and find it really hard to see anything through the viewfinder re the images I take. I cannot believe I am getting the results that I have achieved this past 6 months.

My greatest joy is that the macro lens, wont actually take shots unless focused, so this has helped me no end. I love the results that I have achieved re the "Bokeh" challenge.

The point I am making, is that I have to make the most of what I have now, as I don't know what the future holds. My health is deterating rapidly, and not sure if I have 6 months, a year or even more, re taking photos.

Not only my eye site, but it is also physically harder each day to actually get around. I may soon have to go on oxygen regularly, this I am avoiding until absolutely necessary.

I definately do "NOT" want sympathy, but just a little understanding to where I am coming from. I live and breath DPC, as you have no idea how much this has actually helped me.

The friendships mean the world to me.

The threads keep me busy, so as to not live in the constant pain each and every day.

The photos brighten my whole existance, and most of these are images that you have taken.

My family is proud of me, and also very proud of you all, for being their for me.

They also thank you, and I thank you as well.....
06/28/2006 10:20:49 AM · #2
What a sweet sentiment, Sheryl. I'm so glad you feel comfortable here and I think I probably speak for many when I say we really appreciate your participation here as well. I hope your health allows you to keep up your great pace.
06/28/2006 10:21:40 AM · #3
Best of luck to you and thank you for this reminder of what's really important.
06/28/2006 10:26:36 AM · #4
Lots of prayers for you Sherpet.

I know I always look forward to your comments and your pictures. You are one of the reasons DPC works as well as it does.

06/28/2006 10:35:15 AM · #5
Originally posted by sherpet:

... The photos brighten my whole existance, and most of these are images that you have taken. ...


Your presence here - in your photos, in your forum posts, and in your comments on our shots - brightens the community for all of us. Thank you for sharing so much of your precious time with us.
06/28/2006 11:16:22 AM · #6
Sheryl, you are definitely a ray of sunshine on this site. Your comments are always positive and welcomed. I feel comfortable in saying that we all appreciate your participation on this site and I for one will be sending plenty of prayers your way.
06/28/2006 11:19:30 AM · #7
Ditto what PalmPix said :)
06/28/2006 11:24:26 AM · #8
I don't get to post and do challenges as much as I would like too. But your work is beautiful and I wish you the best.
06/28/2006 11:37:43 AM · #9
I just looked at some of your images! They are extraordinary. Hang in there! I'll include your health in my prayers today!
06/28/2006 11:43:36 AM · #10
but we are the ones happy to have YOU here! :0D

and don't you put off going on oxygen. You might think it will hold you down but you might just find wings. Tanks can be had that can be worn around your waist and are very mobile. Take care of your self, ok :0)
06/28/2006 11:52:54 AM · #11
I think you've done just as much for the site, if not more, than it's done for you! Your commitment to commenting on people's work is an inspiration, and your work is lovely!
06/28/2006 12:06:09 PM · #12
You're a gem Sherpet. Regardless of how long you continue to participate actively, the contribution you've made has made a lasting impression on many of us.
06/28/2006 12:07:02 PM · #13
*gives Sherpet a happy bright colored balloon*
06/28/2006 12:08:26 PM · #14
Sherryl,

You are truly an inspiration. Like Monet, you have made the best of your failing eyesight; and it's quite possible that you're photographic eye is so good because of it.

I love your images and think of you often when I start to feel sorry for myself. We often forget how good we've got it and need someone like yourself to remind us to take advantage of what we've got.

So sad to hear of your failing health. You will be in my thoughts.
06/28/2006 12:18:53 PM · #15
Shez, your images are beautiful and you really have alot of talent.

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I wish you the best!

Message edited by author 2006-06-28 12:19:03.
06/28/2006 12:59:16 PM · #16
Sherryl, you are an inspiration to me and I bet a lot of others. As long as you keep shooting, we'll keep being in awe of your work. Thank You for sharing all of you and your art with us!!!
06/28/2006 02:56:42 PM · #17
Sherryl, your photos are beautiful, as they and you have added so much to the DPC community. My prayers are with you. Keep on shooting that new "Macro" for as long as possible!

PhotoArt/Henry
06/29/2006 04:27:16 AM · #18
After reading all the comments here, I am extreamly moved by your deep gratitude and support, I feel so overwhelmed.

I am very touched, and also thank you for understanding.

My main concern is that I really enjoy what I have been doing at DPC, and only hope I can continue for as long as possible. I do have strong family support, and also have strong beliefs which also helps.

Each and everyone of you, also help to make my days more enjoyable. Thank you all once again.....

Now, lets hope one of these days, I come up with the goods, and hopefully "win" a ribbon, as that is my one ambition I would love to achieve..... Wouldn't we all.

Message edited by author 2006-06-29 04:28:18.
06/29/2006 04:35:56 AM · #19
Sherryl - I'm glad you found this site. I don't think there's anyone around this madhouse that doesn't know of your kindness, thoughtfulness and your talent. You seem to have a calming effect on most everyone. I burn less villages when you're online. :)

God bless you and I pray you'll be around long enough to comment on my pics of a teenage Riley. :)

warm fuzziness,

Ken
06/29/2006 04:36:19 AM · #20
Sheryl,

I hadn't realized until I chanced on this that your eyesight was going; I knew you had health issues, but not sight issues. I have to say my heart goes out to you. You're living my biggest nightmare; I can't hear, so if I lose my sight that's pretty much everything :-(

Prayers for you...

Robt.
06/29/2006 04:50:49 AM · #21
Shez, you are an ongoing source of inspiration to us all.....your wonderful portfolio full of colour, of magic. Your kindness, comments, your participation in this worldwide community......you really do make a difference!!

(((hugs))) from across the ditch in New Zealand.
sue
06/29/2006 04:55:51 AM · #22
God bless you and I pray you'll be around long enough to comment on my pics of a teenage Riley. warm fuzziness, Ken

Yes, yes, yes..... That has to be a must do project for me, as he is just adorable.....

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06/29/2006 05:09:53 AM · #23
best of luck to you !
just keep shooting as always and everythin will be fine ...

peace,
goran
06/29/2006 05:11:22 AM · #24
Yes, The problem has always been there, but now causing a major sight problem, since they took the cataract off my right eye, and put in an artifical lens.

This was supposed to correct my sight, but actually I now have a problem as both eyes don't connect together re perfect vision, as I now see a ghost double figure of everything I look at.

The surface of my eye is not smooth, and has valleys and mountains on the eye surface, so the artifical lens had to be stitched into place.

I really can't see anything through the viewfinder of the camera, so have to look before I shoot, and hope for the best. This is why I have three memory cards, as I proberly take two to three times the number of shots to hopefully get one good one out of maybe twenty or fifty of the same thing.

At birth, I had a stroke, and this caused me to be paralized down the right side of my face. This effected my sight, my hearing and ear problems. As I age, all the normal things happen, but with me they just happen much faster.

Sheryl,

I hadn't realized until I chanced on this that your eyesight was going; I knew you had health issues, but not sight issues. I have to say my heart goes out to you. You're living my biggest nightmare; I can't hear, so if I lose my sight that's pretty much everything :-(

Prayers for you...

06/29/2006 05:19:57 AM · #25
You are pretty amazing.
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