Collection Postponed

This is the first time I’ve been forced to postpone a collection release. Here’s why its happening:

Many of you know I have a neurological disorder called Chronic Migraine. Specifically, I have about 29 days per month with head pain, and many of those days require medication so that I can keep working. However, in late July, something changed.

My meds stopped working as I was accustomed to.

I would take them and the head pain would come right back, within 4-6 hours. This wasn’t usual at all. They used to work for 24 hours or more. And that’s not the only change that has occurred.

I was noticing that when I stood up or changed position quickly, I was hearing a loud heartbeat-whooshing sound in my ears, and my heart would pound very hard. It felt like I was running a race. Sprinting. But in fact all I was doing was getting off my couch to pour a cup of tea.

Not soon after, I began to experience significant stomach pain and nausea after eating, followed by other unmentionable gastrointestinal symptoms.

All of this has been incredibly destabilizing to my daily life. I feel exhausted from pain and a racing heart and have to sit often to reduce the discomfort. Lying down feels best. The situation is so impactful, I will not be able to go on my yearly backpacking trip. If you are familiar with Tarot, it's a true Tower moment, which coincidentally, I pulled on August 14th.

If you are here, reading this, there is a good chance you know how much time I put into my jewelry making business. It’s a lot. I’ve tracked my hours with an app before and I put in at least 8 hours per day. Sometimes, when I’m feeling particularly excited about a collection, I’ll put in 10-11 hours.

The long-houred workflow that I use has resulted in my being able to make huge collections of commissioned jewelry. Over and over again for years.

That came to a abrupt halt about two weeks ago when I found myself lying in bed, with a migraine, dizzy, and breathless each time I stood up to use the loo. Which was often because of the stomach problems.

Here is what I know for sure:

  • My head pain has increased to a daily occurrence and isn’t responding to medication
  • I’ve developed postural orthostatic tachycardia
  • My nausea has increased
  • Stomach pain has influenced my ability to eat

I have a doctor appointment next week and she is going to run some tests. I also have an appointment with a neurologist in October.

Until then, I have no idea what to expect. Because I just keep getting worse, I have chosen to delay the release of the Amber & Turquoise Collection.

I know many of you are here because you want rings made in your size and just for you. Thank you for coming to me for that. I love making you all happy with silver and stones. But I cannot, in good conscious, take deposits for customs with all of these health challenges going on.

Thank you for understanding and I promise to be back at it as soon as I feel better. For now, I am going to work when able and only make Ready-To-Ship jewelry. This will allow me to work when I feel good and lay down when I don’t. I’ve even set up a cot in my studio so I can rest when I need to.

Reach out with any questions you may have, as I will still be talking with you in Direct Messages and in comments. And I promise to send an email when I’m feeling better and again able to create big, bold pieces of jewelry made just for you.


Donna Schott

I pray you find answers which will provide you with relief from your increasing pain. I am sending prayers for healing. I also am praying the doctor’s tests find what is causing the increasing symptoms and that you will soon be able to have a quality of life that you deserve🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🩷

Sabrina Forgie

As a jewel maker myself (not to your degree by any means) I understand the passion that goes into what you do and I’m so sorry this is being cut by the pain. Please do whatever you need to be well, non of it is worth it without the passion and love behind it. You don’t want to be making pieces in pain and I wouldn’t want to wear something that caused you so much agony to just complete. You making all the right, responsible choices and I truly hope you have a speedy recovery and look forward to owning something from you made from a place of health and happiness. All my love.

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