Buy the Lady of Shalott DVD for a special cause!

First, a personal update: I mentioned in my last post that my husband was involved in a motorcycle accident.  Unfortunately his injuries are more serious than previously thought.  He’s crushed most of the bones in his foot and ankle, requires multiple surgeries, and will lose some motion.  All of this happened while our son (age 13) was recovering from a procedure to have titanium plates in both his legs.  So, um, we’re dealing with a lot.

My husband’s self-employed and we don’t have insurance.  His shop has been closed since the accident, so there’s no income coming in.  He had his first surgery last Friday and was hospitalized for several days.  During his hospital stay, we discovered some high blood pressure and diabetes issues that we were unaware of.  No word yet on when his next surgery will be.  The surgeon needs to wait until the swelling has subsided and skin wounds have healed.  Until then, he has what’s called an external fixator and is in a wheelchair.  All those rather attractive bars and pins you see in the pic below will stay in his leg for quite a while and he won’t be able to walk for six months:

Even though things look pretty bleak at the moment, we are determined to remain positive.  We know that somehow we will get through this.  The next few months will be rough, but he’s alive and our three children are coping well.  We are overwhelmed by the kindness of others.

The Lady of Shalott DVD:

If you’ve followed this blog for a while, it is no secret that I’ve been excited about this project from the beginning.  Before the film was completed, I regularly posted photos of the production in progress.  I had approached Pauline Loven, one of the producers and an extremely talented period costumer, who sent me photos and updates. Here’s a previous post about The Lady of Shalott film.  I’m proud to say that over the next few years we became friends.  This is one of the things I enjoy the most about my Pre-Raphaelite blogging — I’ve formed friendships that I treasure.  Friendships that stemmed from a shared interest, but have grown into something much more.  And here I should mention Cathy Baker, who very kindly took the time to create this Facebook page to help us raise funds for our ever-growing medical bills. I’d also like to thank Lisa Gill of Medieval Muse, Robin Wallace of Passing Fancies, and Kirsty Walker of The Kissed Mouth for being so generous.

Pauline and the rest of the team at WAG Screen have offered to help raise money by generously donating 50% of sales of The Lady of Shalott DVD to my family.  First of all, I don’t even know how to put into words how much this means to me.  The fact that people want to help us, people that I’ve never met in person, is so unbelievably kind.  Just to say thank you is not enough.  But it is all I can say.

Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.

Purchase The Lady of Shalott DVD from WAG Screen.



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20 Responses to Buy the Lady of Shalott DVD for a special cause!

  1. I am so sorry about your husband. I was in a car accident ten years ago with similar injuries. I wore the external stabilizer, just like the one in the picture, and it was a year before I could really begin to walk again. I have struggled with it over the past decade, and just had ankle fusion surgery in April ’10 to repair the remaining damage and completely remove my ankle joint & insert a rod so my ankle no longer moves. I know how crazy and lonely it can feel, so if you need any advice or anything at all, I’m here for you! Even if it’s just a question about what he is going through, or something simple like future footware, I’ve been through it so I may have new insight.

    • Stephanie Piña says:

      Thank you so much. And I’m sorry to hear about your injuries. I think some people hear “broken foot” or “broken ankle” and they think it’s just a simple thing. Unfortunately, I’ve learned that this is going to be a painful and complicated process. My husband is a very independent person, so I hate to see him in so much pain and unable to do anything. He’s damaged so much cartilage that the surgeon has mentioned the possibility of arthritis forming. Has this been an issue for you?

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  4. Yes, the loss of cartilage was my main problem that contributed to my severe post-traumatic, degenerative arthritis. I developed arthritis almost immediately, which deteriorated my ankle joint to the point where I could no longer walk. I started walking with a cane b/c I was a teacher and I could no longer even get around my classroom. The pain medicine caused me ulcers and digestive problems, so be very careful with that. I ended up having no cushioning between my bones and it sounded like bones crunching together when I walked, so they remove the ankle joint and part of my leg bone to use as a “paste” to put everything back together. I wish I would have realized my problems sooner, b/c I could have had the ankle fusion surgery six years ago, but I didn’t have any insurance so that wasn’t an option. My very best advice is to stick with a medical professional throughout and any change in pain or feeling, report to the doctor. Even my doctor said, when he opened it up, that it was much worse than he though. I also know a lady who had the exact same injury who ended up ASKING for a below the knee amputation because she was tired of going through so much. The most relief I felt was with a professional masseuse. You can also learn to massage when he gets better b/c that is what my spouse did and without that, I would be much more pain. He is good about rubbing it when I ask him too. Seriously – email me or anything else you need. I also have a Facebook page, if you have one.

  5. H Niyazi says:

    Hi Stephanie. Hope your hubby and son get well soon. They will do great with you to look after them.

    Kudos to WAG for helping you out. Ive been looking forward to seeing their Lady of Shalott film for a while.

    Kind Regards
    H Niyazi

  6. Beccy Pert says:

    Just bought it – the DVD looks stunning, can’t wait for it to arrive! Wishing your husband a speedy recovery xxx

  7. Lorraine says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    I’ve been a huge fan of yours and your incredibly informative, creative and inspiring work and website for some time now and was so very sad to hear of your very difficult current situation…
    I have just purchased the DVD which looks wonderful and I am spreading the good word so hope that others can assist you too in this time of need.
    My heart goes out to you and your injured husband and son and hope that they recover well. ~ and as quickly as possible ~ so that you can get back on your feet – so to speak!
    Hang in there and know that there are many people out there like myself who are thinking of you and wanting to help in some way – no matter how small.
    Blessings to you all and keep up your Pre-Raphaelite Passion no matter what!
    Hugs,
    Lorraine (Raine) xox

    • Stephanie Piña says:

      Thank you so much for such a beautiful comment! It helps me so much right now to know that people enjoy this site and share my interest. And the fact that people care enough to help touches me deeply. My husband and I are so grateful and I thank you for buying the DVD and reaching out to me.
      Thanks again,
      Stephanie

  8. Lis says:

    I found your LizzieSiddal.com site when I was fourteen, and I’m now eighteen so I guess you carried me thru my teen years. I was dangerously close to becoming an Ophelia myself. But with sites like yours and artmagick, I discovered how much I love art and literature and then I discovered how much I love to live. So thank you.
    I bet it was hard to reach out when you need help, but I’m glad you have because it gave me a chance to tell you thank you.

  9. Stephanie Piña says:

    Lis, I can’t thank you enough for your comment. It touched me deeply. Honestly, words fail me right now.
    You comment reminded me of one of my favorite quotes from Agatha Christie:
    “I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”
    Also, Lis, would you mind terribly if I sent you an email using the address you provided when you posted your comment?
    –Stephanie Pina

  10. Aurore says:

    I have been following your blog for a while and I really enjoy your work.
    I just ordered a copy of the DVD and I hope your husband will get well soon.

    Kindly,

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  13. Lisa davis says:

    So sorry to hear about your husband. I have sprained my foot and that was painful enough but this is way beyond a simple sprain. Please keep the information about buying the video up for awhile. I need to wait for pay day to come around and then I am going to get one. Knowing that half of the funds will go to help someone makes a difference. I hope your son is also doing better. A teacher friend of mine just had to have her son operated on so both his legs are the same size. It does make a difference when you have insurance. Wishing you good things, Lisa Davis

  14. Thanks to JulieBismarck and her wonderful “Celtic Lady” blog… I got acquainted of this Film and that it’s sales are now in support of your dear husband…. I have experienced an accident a couple of years ago too… faith and prayers are the keys to strength our soul… I have just reposted the news in order to help with the raising!
    http://branawen.blogspot.com/2011/06/lady-of-shalott-on-dvd.html
    bliss and blessings ?

    • Stephanie Piña says:

      Thank you! I’m grateful to all the people who have shown so much support by buying the dvd and reposting about it.
      My current situation aside, I am thrilled that The Lady of Shalott is now being seen by so many people!

  15. Lisa davis says:

    Just ordered my copy of the video. I hope your husband and son are feeling better.

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