Why did I come up with a store like Latter-day crafters? That is a good question. I have an explanation that I hope will help you understand.
As I stated in the previous segment, Our family has been a small business owner for 26 years. We have a small family cattle operation. We enjoy the time we get to spend together, and the freedom that self-employment offers. (We get to support our children in each of their activities!) There are some slight draw backs to self-employment however. One of which is the lack of health insurance coverage. We have had some unique experiences that have necessitated this store. I feel like I should share our story with you. (Not for any other reason than understanding.) But, I would love to help anyone who might find themselves in similar situations.
Our family's life was changed forever when in 1994, our 4 year old daughter was diagnosed with ALL (Leukemia). My husband and I have 5 children. At that time the oldest was 8 and the youngest was 6 months old. We thought that cancer was bad, but then 20 days into treatment we found out that she had developed a fungal infection due to the chemotherapy which had knocked her blood counts to 0. It was called "Mucormycosis". The only effective treatment at the time was cutting out the affected area. The area was her head and facial area.( If you would like to see what mucormycosis's potential is you can go to "You tube" and search for the video of the "Man without a Face") Our little girl was very blessed and lucky. She was only the 2nd survivor of this deadly disease at Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah with a case as severe as her's was. We stayed there for 3 weeks as they also put her on a very strong antibiotic IV. They let us come home after they had trained me how to administer this IV medication to her. (It was a daily IV that took 3 hours a day. My husband helped me do this for over 1 year.)
Needless to say, I needed help! My little family was so blessed by so many people who brought meals to us, helped with laundry, babysat my little ones, and gave loving encouragement. (I won't go into the spiritual help now, but I can tell you that they gave all they could!) The thing was that it didn't end there. Because of the damage the infection had caused, she has had to have more surgeries than we have been able to keep track of. Yes, she qualified for some insurance at the time. But, we did all that we could to help her as well, Shriner's Hospital helped her and many doctors also donated time and knowledge to put her back together while they learned from her unique situation. We both benefitted from this. I will be forever indebted to all of these loving people!
So, that is why I have created a store like www.latter-daycrafters.com. I need to help provide my daughter, and the rest of my family with health insurance. While I am doing this, I would also like to help as many people as I can!!
So, PLEASE, support these hard working, talented people. I know that many of them have a story of their own. It seems that we are all just trying to do our best!
Thank you for everything. Sincerely, Trina Christensen